An assault charge, no matter what the classification, comes with a great deal of negative consequences that will affect your personal and professional life. A simple assault conviction can lead to jail time as well as hefty fines. Considering that criminal convictions will be on your permanent record, a simple assault can lessen your ability to find work or receive certain types of government aid.
With stakes this high, even if you feel you were not in the wrong, it is a necessity to retain a criminal defense lawyer to represent you. A qualified attorney will be able to effectively navigate the complicated avenues of Pennsylvania law to put you in a good position to get your charges reduced, or even dismissed.
West Chester Simple Assault Attorney
A simple assault charge needs to be dealt with quickly and effectively by someone who understands the legal process. The faster you begin taking care of this charge, the faster you will be able to move on with your life. Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm has spent years defending individuals facing simple assault charges and will apply this knowledge and experience toward your case, making the chances for a favorable outcome more likely. If you have been charged with simple assault in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including the counties of Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, and Montgomery, call the Skinner Law Firm at (267) 388-3476 to schedule a free consultation.
Simple Assault under Pennsylvania Law
According to Pa. Const. Stat. §2701, a simple assault offense occurs when:
- The person attempts to cause, or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly, causes bodily injury to another;
- The offender negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon;
- The person attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
- The person conceals or attempts to conceal a hypodermic needle on his person and intentionally or knowingly penetrates a law enforcement officer or an officer or an employee of a correctional institution, county jail or prison, detention facility or mental hospital during the course of an arrest or any search of the person.
Penalties for Simple Assault in Pennsylvania
Pa. Cons. Stat. §2701 states that simple assault is generally classified as a misdemeanor of the second degree. This charge comes with a presumptive sentence of up to two years in prison and / or fines of up to $5,000.
Although a second degree misdemeanor is the most common charge, there are two circumstances in which the penalty will be different:
- If the assault happened in a fight or scuffle that was entered into by mutual consent, you will be charged with a misdemeanor of the third degree. This comes with a possible sentence of up to one year in prison and / or fines of up to $2,500.
- If the assault was against a child under 12 years of age by an adult 21 years of age or older, the charge will be increased to a misdemeanor of the first degree. This comes with a possible sentence of up to five years in prison and / or fines of up to $10,000.
Skinner Law Firm | Chester County Simple Assault Arrest Lawyer
With the social and professional implications that a simple assault has on your future, steps need to be taken to ensure that this will not stay with you for the long-term. A capable criminal defense attorney can navigate the complicated state laws concerning assault and develop an effective defense strategy for your personal situation.
Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm has spent the past several years helping individuals deal with simple assault charges in Pennsylvania, and will channel this experience and knowledge into helping you beat the alleged offense you are currently charged with. Call (267) 388-3476 to schedule a free consultation if you have been charged with a simple assault in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The Skinner Law Firm proudly represents individuals dealing with criminal charges in or around the southeastern Pennsylvania cities of West Chester, Phoenixville, Chester, Yeadon, Lansdowne, Collingdale, Brookhaven, Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Norristown, Pottstown or Pennsburg, among others.