Assault Crimes in Pennsylvania

Assault Crimes in Pennsylvania

Media, PA Criminal Defense Attorneys

An Assault charge may be leveled against someone when that person threatens violence/attempts to commit violence against another or when the person has actually struck or attacked, or otherwise committed unwanted physical contact upon another.  Depending on the gravity of the crime, assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony in Pennsylvania and a conviction can result in a prison sentence up to 20 years.  If you have been charged with an assault it is a serious matter and you should consult with an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney immediately.

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania assault committed against certain classes of individuals carry a more severe penalty, Including:

  • Minors
  • Police officers, firefighters and other public employees
  • senior citizens

Another factors in determining sentencing on an assault conviction is whether the defendant committed another crime at the same time.  For example, if an individual assaulted the vehicle owner during a carjacking, he or she may receive a more severe sentence.  The court and the prosecutor also weigh the intent of the defendant in determining the severity of charges and punishment.

A simple assault that does not result in serious injuries typically is charged as a misdemeanor and a conviction may result in up to two years in prison.  A conviction on an aggravated and/or felony assault however, can result in a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, depending on the circumstances.

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