Understanding the differences between simple assault and aggravated assault charges in Bucks County can help you comprehend the charges you face. Both are considered serious, violent crimes. An aggravated assault charge, however, can significantly increase the penalties you faces as compared to a simple assault charge. Because of this, it is important that you understand these differences, and hire a knowledgeable attorney that can defend your case.
Experienced Bucks County attorney Joseph D. Lento is highly experienced in the area of criminal defense and is here to answer your questions, as well as represent you in your criminal case. You do not have to face this difficult time by yourself.
Bucks County Violent Crime Defense Attorney
With more than a decade of experience working in various roles in the Pennsylvania justice system, Joseph Lento is a qualified Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney with a comprehensive knowledge of how a criminal case operates from start to finish, and beyond.
If you have been charged with a violent crime in Bucks County and need a comprehensive, customized defense, contact the attorneys at Lento Law Firm. Joseph Lento built his practice on the ideals of customer service and justice and he will fight for your rights and freedom. Call (215) 535-5353 today to schedule your free consultation and discover what Joseph Lento can do to clear your name.
Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2701 defines simple assault as when any of the following occurs:
- Attempts to cause bodily injury to another
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another
- Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon
- Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury
- Attempts to conceal a hypodermic needle on his or her person for the purpose of harming a law enforcement officer or corrections employee
- Conceals a hypodermic needle on his or her person and intentionally or knowingly stabs a law enforcement officer, an employee of a correctional institution, or an employee of a mental hospital during the course of an arrest or search of the person
Simple assault is typically a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in jail and a maximum of $5,000 in fines. If an adult over age 21 attacks a child under 12, it is a first-degree misdemeanor carrying the potential for 5 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
The assault is "aggravated assault" when:
- there is serious bodily injury
- permanent disfigurement
- protracted loss or impairment of any bodily function
- serious risk of death
- use of a deadly weapon
- the assault happens against certain officers and public officials in the line of duty
An aggravated assault can be a first-degree felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and a maximum fine of $25,000. It may also be a second-degree felony, that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000.
A Bucks County, PA Defense Attorney At Your Side
When you face simple assault or aggravated assault charges in Bucks County you deserve to have your rights protected. Joseph D. Lento is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights. If you are facing criminal charges, contact us today at 215-535-5353.