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Assault charges can arise from many types of situations and, while this offense charges may not seem serious to some, assault convictions can have serious consequences including long prison sentences. In Pennsylvania, assault comes in two categories: simple assault and aggravated assault.
To be convicted of simple assault the State must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant: 1) attempted to cause or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another; 2) negligently caused bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; 3) attempted to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or 4) concealed or attempted to conceal a hypodermic needle on the defendant’s person and intentionally or knowingly penetrating a law enforcement official with the needle during an arrest or search. All versions of simple assault are graded as misdemeanors.
As one would expect, aggravated assault is the much more serious form of assault. The most serious aggravated assault is a first degree felony and punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000.00. Aggravated assault of the first degree is defined as knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly causing or attempting to cause serious bodily injury to another under circumstances that show extreme indifference to human life. A person may be convicted of the second degree felony version of aggravated assault – punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $25,000.00 – under the following circumstances: 1) intentionally or knowingly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon; 2) simple assault on a public official while in the performance of his duties; 3) intentionally or knowingly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to an employee of any school due to and while acting in the scope of her employment; or 4) using tear or noxious gas or a stun gun against a public official.
Because the possible punishment for these offense are so severe, you need an aggressive advocate on your side who understands what’s at stake and will take initiative in representing your interests. I understand the consequences and what incarceration will mean for clients, which is why I take a proactive approach to representing them.
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