In Pennsylvania, assault is a serious criminal offense. If you are convicted of committing assault, aggravated assault, or other assault-related crimes, you could be facing harsh penalties, including jail or prison time and hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines. If an assault is recorded on your criminal record, it will be visible to potential employers and landlords for years to come. This means that long after your jail or prison sentence has been completed, you could continue paying the price well into the future.
An assault conviction can deprive you of your freedom and force you to pay expensive restitution fines. It can also damage your reputation, your ability to find employment, and even your personal relationships and self-esteem. If you or a loved one is facing allegations of felony or misdemeanor assault, it is crucial to your success that you act rapidly. Call Young, Marr & Associates at (215) 701-6519 to reach our Pennsylvania offices today.
Types of Assault Charges in Pennsylvania
The assault defense attorneys at Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates have extensive experience handling various assault charges, classified as either a misdemeanor or felony assault charge:
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault and Battery
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Domestic Violence Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Simple Assault
Simple Assault vs. Aggravated Assault
While the legal penalties for assault convictions are generally harsh, their details do vary between jurisdictions. Furthermore, assault penalties vary by specific charge. (For example, the penalties for assault with a deadly weapon will be different from those for an assault with no weapon, regardless of geographic location.)
There are two basic categories of assault:
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
Simple assault in Pennsylvania is handled by Title 18, Chapter 27, Section 2701 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Under Section 2701, it is simple assault if an individual:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes physical injury.
- Attempts or threatens to cause physical injury.
- Negligently causes injury with a deadly weapon.
Pennsylvania aggravated assault is handled by Section 2702. Aggravated assault involves:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing serious physical injury.
- Knowingly causing injury with a deadly weapon.
- Committing simple assault against a police officer, firefighter, court official, attorney, or member of government.
Aggravated assault is a more serious offense, and comes with more serious consequences.
Bucks County, PA Assault Penalties
Simple Assault Penalties
In Pennsylvania, simple assault is typically considered a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor. The maximum penalties for a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor in Pennsylvania include:
- Imprisonment: 2 years
- Fines: $5,000
Aggravated Assault Penalties
In Pennsylvania, aggravated assault can be either a 2nd Degree Felony or a 1st Degree Felony. The maximum penalties for a 1st Degree Felony in Pennsylvania include:
- Imprisonment: 20 years
- Fines: $25,000
Contact an Experienced Bucks County Assault Lawyer Today
If you are facing assault charges in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, it is critical to the course of your trial and your future that you retain the services of an experienced assault attorney. At Young, Marr & Associates, our criminal defense lawyers have more than 30 years of experience providing aggressive and affordable legal representation to individuals facing a wide variety of assault charges. Over the course of more than three decades, our seasoned legal team has handled over 10,000 criminal cases throughout Bucks County, PA, in addition to numerous other counties, cities, and towns and Pennsylvania.
If you or someone you love has been accused of committing simple assault, aggravated assault, gang assault, assault with a deadly weapon, or any other type of assault, the legal penalties can be life-altering. To arrange for a free and confidential case evaluation with a highly experienced Bucks County assault lawyer, contact the criminal defense law firm of Young, Marr & Associates online today. You can also call us at (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania.