ASSAULT CHARGES

When you are facing any of these charges you should meet with an attorney to thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding your charges as well as defenses.

Assault Charges can be broken down:
Simple Assault
Aggravated Assault
Domestic violence
Recklessly Endangering Another Person
Simple Assault
There is nothing simple about simple assault-a conviction under 18 Pa. Cont Stat. § 2701 can have a dramatic effect on your life including jail time varying from up to 1 year in prison to up to 5 years in prison depending on grading of the charge.

Many times an individual charged with simple assault was involved in a fight, and the other party decides to take the fight into the courtroom. Other times this charge may be the result of a minor altercation, but make no mistake under this statue you can be charged with assault without even making contact with the other person.

SIMPLE ASSAULT IS STATUTORILY DEFINED AS BELOW:

A) Offense defined. § 2701 person is guilty of assault if he/she:

(1) attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly or
recklessly causes bodily injury to another;

(2) negligently causes bodily injury to another with a
deadly weapon;

(3) attempts by physical menace to put another in fear
of imminent serious bodily injury; or

(4) conceals or attempts to conceal a hypodermic needle
on his person and intentionally or knowingly penetrates a law
enforcement officer or an officer or an employee of a
correctional institution, county jail or prison, detention
facility or mental hospital during the course of an arrest or
any search of the person.

B) Grading-Simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second
degree unless committed:

(1) in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual
consent, in which case it is a misdemeanor of the third
degree; or

(2) against a child under 12 years of age by an adult 21
years of age or older, in which case it is a misdemeanor of
the first degree.

When you are facing these charges you should meet with a Criminal Defense Attorney to thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding your charges as well as defenses.

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Aggravated Assault
Aggregated assault is a very serious criminal charge, a conviction under 18 Pa. Cont. Stat. § 2702 can carry with it jail time for up to 10 years or even up to 20 years depending on the grading of the specific act and the circumstances.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IS STATUTORILY DEFINED AS BELOW:

§ 2702. Aggravated assault.
A) Offense defined. A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he/she:

(1) attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury intentionally, knowingly or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life;

(2) attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes serious bodily injury to any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c) or to an employee of an agency, company or other entity engaged in public transportation, while in the performance of duty;

(3) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c), in the performance of duty;

(4) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon;

(5) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to a teaching staff member, school board member or other employee, including a student employee, of any elementary or secondary publicly-funded educational institution, any elementary or secondary private school licensed by the Department of Education or any elementary or secondary parochial school while acting in the scope of his or her employment or because of his or her employment relationship to the school;

(6) attempts by physical menace to put any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c), while in the performance of duty, in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or

(7) uses tear or noxious gas as defined in section 2708(b) (relating to use of tear or noxious gas in labor disputes) or uses an electric or electronic incapacitation device against any officer, employee or other person enumerated in subsection (c) while acting in the scope of his employment.

B) Grading
Aggravated assault under subsection (a)(1) and (2) is a felony of the first degree. Aggravated assault under subsection (a)(3), (4), (5), (6) and (7) is a felony of the second degree.

These are serious charges. When you are facing these charges you should meet with an attorney to thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding your charges as well as defenses.

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Domestic Violence
Many times an individual is charged with Simple Assault, Harassment, Recklessly Endangering Another Person or a numerous other charges as a result of a fight between themselves and their spouse or significant other. In many cases these individuals care deeply for the other party involved, but for one reason or another they simply lose control. In cases like this there may be defenses, as well as ways to minimize the impact of these charges. Make no mistake once these charges are filed, they do not simply go away

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Recklessly Endangering Another Person
Recklessly endangering another person is a charge that many times is brought in conjunction with other charges.

RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING ANOTHER PERSON IS STATUTORILY
DEFINED AS BELOW:

§ 2705. Recklessly endangering another person. A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if he recklessly engages in conduct which places or may place another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.

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