Pennsylvania law defines assault as an infliction of physical injury on someone else. Assault can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on a number of conditions.
Simple assault is charged in situations where a fight occurs between two individuals. Simple assault is graded as a misdemeanor of the second degree. If simple assault is the result of a mutual fight, it is downgraded to a misdemeanor of the third degree. Simple assault carries a maximum penalty of two years of incarceration. Typically, a simple assault conviction will result in a sentence of two years of probation unless any aggravating circumstances are present, or the defendant has a lengthy criminal record.
Much more serious than simple assault or other domestic violence offenses, aggravated assault charges in Pennsylvania can be life-altering. As a felony, you’re facing up to 20 years in prison and a violent conviction, forever attached to your record. Aggravated assault charges refer to intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing someone serious bodily harm. Typically, aggravated assault offenses involve using deadly weapons or showing extreme indifference to human life. You can also be charged with aggravated assault depending on who you hurt. If you have been charged with simple or aggravated assault, it’s crucial to seek legal guidance by contacting a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Complete our contact form for a free consultation regarding your specific charges.