PA Man Faces Four Different Charges in Domestic Violence Case

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

The recent case of Elliot Steed of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is a prime example of how an alleged domestic violence offense can bring several different charges and why it is so important to have a skilled criminal defense attorney handling your domestic violence case. 

On December 19, 2023, Mr. Steed, 36 years old, was charged with domestic violence on allegations that he aimed a firearm at his girlfriend during an argument. Almost a month later, on January 12, 2024, police withdrew the domestic violence charge and refiled the case, adding a firearm offense. Steed was re-arraigned on charges of simple assault, harassment, terroristic threats, and illegal possession of a firearm. Contact the LLF Law Firm Criminal Defense Team right away if you're facing charges to learn how we can help, or call us at 888-535-3686

Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Laws 

Laws regarding domestic violence vary from one state to another. In Pennsylvania, domestic violence is defined as “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury, serious bodily injury, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault or incest with or without a deadly weapon.” Domestic violence causes the victim to fear bodily injury, may include false imprisonment, and may be conduct that is repeated.  

In Pennsylvania, domestic violence is not treated as an independent offense; there are several offenses that may be charged, including— but not limited to—any of the following: 

  • Assault 
  • Aggravated Assault 
  • Battery 
  • Sexual Assault 
  • Stalking 
  • Harassment 
  • Violation of a Protective Order 
  • Child abuse 
  • Kidnapping  

Pennsylvania Penalties for Domestic Violence  

Penalties for domestic violence in Pennsylvania vary depending upon the severity of the abuse, whether this is a first offense, there are prior offenses, or if there is a history of domestic violence. These will all factor into the harshness of the punishment, which may range from a misdemeanor to a felony, the most serious class of criminal offenses. 

Strong Defense of Domestic Violence Charge Is Critical 

As evidenced in the case of Elliott Steed, a charge of domestic violence can quickly evolve into several different charges. If you or a loved one is facing a charge of domestic violence, having a strong defense is critical for the most favorable outcome. The LLF Law Firm Criminal Defense Team is skilled and knowledgeable in defending against a charge of domestic violence. We explore all possible criminal defenses, including provocation, lack of intent, intoxication, and more. Whether you are charged with assault, harassment, illegal possession of a firearm, or another offense, the LLF Law Firm is committed to developing the strongest possible defense against the charges brought against you. Contact the LLF Law Firm today to learn how we can help, or call us at 888-535-3686

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