Assault and domestic violence charges carry with them fines, restitution, jail time, and a criminal record. Many times, situations escalate before anyone realizes it and that’s when people get hurt. Misunderstandings can also lead to fisticuffs and unwarranted violence. But these things happen. While it is always advisable to leave a situation like this, that is not always an option. Sometimes, self-defense scenarios can be misconstrued as assault. Other times, one person may be trying to avoid a problem but simply cannot get out safely without defending him- or herself. People who are charged with assault and domestic violence will surely be in need of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands how to defend people in these situations. Late Friday evening, a man from the Blair County was charged by local police for assaulting a nurse at the Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital emergency room. Police say the 27-year-old man was taken to Sewickley Hospital so that he could be medically cleared for an arrest warrant from Blair County. According to police, the Tyrone native was highly intoxicated. According to a report, medical staff members were attempting to insert a needle into the suspect’s arm when he grabbed a 55-year-old male nurse by the collar, pulling him close and injuring the man. Police say that the suspect was handcuffed to the hospital bed’s frame at the time of the incident, but was still able to grab the nurse and assault him. According to the police report, the suspect has been charged with public drunkenness and aggravated assault. His warrant out of Blair County is related to an October arrest wherein police found a small amount of marijuana on the man after a routine stop. If you have been arrested for assault or domestic violence, it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible, so that you and your attorney can nail down the facts of the story before you go before a judge. Call Pittsburgh criminal assault attorney Gary Gerson today for a free consultation at 412-219-6875 .