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Armstrong County

Armstrong County is located in the state of Pennsylvania, just northeast of the city of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County.  Named in honor of Brigadier-General John Armstrong, who represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress, the county was formed in 1800 from parts of three other counties (Lycoming, Allegheny, and Westmoreland).  Kittanning (from the Indian name Kit-Han-Ne) was the original county seat, and still enjoys that honor today.  The village of Kit-Han-Ne existed as a center for Indian raids on white settlements in the area during the French and Indian War.  Then-Colonel John Armstrong led 300 frontier troops in an attack on the village on the morning of September 8, 1756, succeeding in destroying most of the village and stopping most of the raids.

Pennsylvania attorneys practicing law in the Armstrong County, PA area specialize in various areas of the law, either in criminal law or civil law.  Most people aren’t really sure what just what differentiates criminal law from civil.  For one thing, civil lawsuits are certainly a lot less exciting, with much lower stakes for the defendants, both nationally and here in Pennsylvania.  Lawyers representing criminal cases often hold their clients’ lives in their hands–literally.  Losing a criminal case can bring on serious prison time, and sometimes even the death penalty.

Criminal law involves, logically enough, crimes committed by one party against another and are broken up into two subsets:  felonies and misdemeanors.  Felonies are larger offenses that typically result in harsher punishments.  Misdemeanors are smaller offenses that yield sentences that are not quite as harsh.  It is recommended that defendants retain one of the many experienced Pennsylvania lawyers practicing criminal law to represent them no matter which type of crime they have been accused of committing.

Defendants in civil cases, however, are never subject to punishments as severe as those handed down in criminal cases, no matter the type of crime charged.  They will not serve jail time if found guilty in a civil trial and definitely won’t ever face the death penalty.  The most common penalties handed out in civil court are monetary damages, with defendants being held responsible to reimburse the plaintiffs in an amount comparable to the loss they have suffered directly resulting from the defendant’s actions.  The amount actually awarded is usually determined by the judge and/or jury and can include punitive damages as well as those for pain and suffering.  Additionally, defendants will be held liable to pay any legal fees the plaintiff has incurred on behalf of their Pennsylvania lawyers.

In a criminal case, the burden of proof is higher than in a civil lawsuit.  The prosecution must demonstrate through evidence that the defendant is guilty of the accused crime beyond a reasonable doubt.  If the defense, on the other hand, shows that there is even a shred of reasonable doubt, the defendant will typically be found not guilty.  The word “typically” is used because, as Pennsylvania lawyers who practice criminal law can attest, just about anything is possible in the jury system!

The burden of proof is much lower in a civil case.  The plaintiff only needs to convince the jury that there is a reasonable chance the defendant is responsible.  At that point, the burden shifts to the defendants and their Pennsylvania lawyers to prove their innocence.  If the evidence shows there is more than a fifty percent probability the defendant is responsible, the jury can return a guilty verdict.  The defendant will then be responsible for making reparations to the plaintiff.

Pennsylvania lawyer provides for four types of incorporated municipalities:  cities, boroughs, townships, and, rarer cases, towns.  Below are listed the cities, boroughs and townships located in Armstrong County:

Cities

Boroughs

  • Apollo
  • Applewold
  • Atwood
  • Dayton
  • Elderton
  • Ford City
  • Ford Cliff
  • Freeport
  • Kittanning
  • Leechburg
  • Manorville
  • North Apollo
  • Rural Valley
  • South Bethlehem
  • West Kittanning
  • Worthington

Townships

  • Bethel Township
  • Boggs Township
  • Bradys Bend Township
  • Burrell Township
  • Cadogan Township
  • Cowanshannock Township
  • East Franklin Township
  • Gilpin Township
  • Hovey Township
  • Kiskiminetas Township
  • Kittanning Township
  • Madison Township
  • Mahoning Township
  • Manor Township
  • North Buffalo Township
  • Parks Township
  • Perry Township
  • Pine Township
  • Plumcreek Township
  • Rayburn Township
  • Redbank Township
  • South Bend Township
  • South Buffalo Township
  • Sugarcreek Township
  • Valley Township
  • Washington Township
  • Wayne Township
  • West Franklin Township

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law, but are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau in order to compile demographic data.  Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, are sometimes categorized here as well.

  • Lenape Heights
  • North Vandergrift-Pleasant View
  • Orchard Hills
  • West Hills

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