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Generally, an assault is defined as an attempt or a threat to injury a person. Often, when our clients are charged with an assault crime, they are also charged with recklessly endangering another person (REAP) or possession of an instrument of crime (PIC). In Pennsylvania, there is no distinction under the law between assault and battery.
If you have been arrested and charged with the crimes of assault, aggravated assault, or simple assault, our Harrisburg assault defense attorney at Holt Law will protect your rights and freedom against these charges. Regardless of the charges, our firm can defend your case.
Pennsylvania Assault Laws & Penalties
In Pennsylvania, there are two main types of assault: simple assault and aggravated assault. While simple assaults are typically charged as misdemeanors, aggravated assaults are felonies.
Simple assault means knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly causing bodily injury (e.g. bruises, cuts, or scratches) to someone else, trying to do so, or placing another person in fear of imminent harm (i.e. using physical menace). It is also considered simple assault when you negligently cause bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.
Simple assault is a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail sentence of two years and a fine of no more than $5,000. However, if simple assault is inflicted by an adult who is at least 21 years of age on a minor who is under 12 years old, it is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to five years and a maximum fine of $10,000. If simple assault occurs in the middle of a fight, it is a third-degree misdemeanor, which results in a maximum jail term of one year and a fine of no more than $2,500.
On the other hand, aggravated assault means knowingly or recklessly inflicting serious bodily injury on someone else, trying to do so, assaulting another person with a deadly weapon, and committing assault against a public official (e.g. police officers, firefighters, judges, district attorneys, public defenders, teachers, government employees, etc.). Serious bodily injury is defined as serious impairment, permanent loss of a body function or organ, disfigurement, or otherwise an injury that creates a significant risk of death.
Aggravated assault that results in serious bodily injury or attempts to do so is a first-degree felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a fine not exceeding $25,000. Aggravated assault that doesn’t involve serious injury is a second-degree felony, punishable by a prison term of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $25,000.
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