My fiance was involved in an altercation and hit a guy who destroyed over $1,000.00 of my fiances personal belongings. How will the courts view this?

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My fiance was involved in an altercation and hit a guy who destroyed over $1,000.00 of my fiances personal belongings. How will the courts view this?

After the destruction of property the guy laughed and mocked my fiance and then threatened to hit him and then went to strike my fiances sister. My fiance struck the guy breaking his nose. The guy then pulled a knife on my fiance and threatened to **** him. Because this guy was family of a good friend my fiance did not press charges at the time. Now we find out that this guy has pressed charges and my fiance’ is worried about the case. Can anyone please give us some advice? The state is PA.

Asked on June 15, 2009 under Criminal Law, Kentucky

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT.  I suggest that you obtain a lawyer to help here.  You want to go into the case with witnesses and people that can testify as to what happened and motivated this incident.  Also the statute of limitations has not expired.  Have your fiance press assault charges against the guy. This will put pressure on the state to make some kind of deal where the guys can say this was an isolated incident and see about getting the charges nollied. 


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