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Aggravated Assault by Vehicle Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, talk with an experienced traffic defense attorney who will be an aggressive advocate for your rights.

Contact Skinner Law Firm to learn more about how to aggravated assault by vehicle charges under Pennsylvania motor vehicle code under section § 3732.1. Also, find out more information about assault and aggravated assault charges under the Pennsylvania criminal code.

Attorney Michael J. Skinner represents clients accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout the Boroughs of West Chester in Chester County, Norristown in Montgomery County, Media in Delaware County, and Lancaster in Lancaster County. Call (610) 436-1410 to schedule a consultation.

Aggravated Assault By Vehicle

Aggravated assault by vehicle is not the type of crime that would normally come to mind when one hears the word “assault.” When you think about assault, you think about threatening or hitting someone –this is not the case with aggravated assault by vehicle.

An example of aggravated assault by a vehicle would be getting into an accident while speeding in a construction zone. Unlike most assault charges, the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code (MCV) defines aggravated assault by a vehicle.

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code enhances the penalties when a person is convicted of aggravated assault due to texting while driving (§ 3316), failing to yield on the approach of an emergency vehicle (§ 3325 or § 3327), or for traffic violations committed in a construction work zone (§ 3732.1(b)(4)).

Elements For The Criminal Charge Of Aggravated Assault By A Vehicle

In order to find a defendant guilty of aggravated assault by vehicle under Section 3732.1, the Commonwealth must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, the following elements:

  • the defendant violated a section of the vehicle code;
  • the defendant acted recklessly or with gross negligence by driving in a manner that violates the motor vehicle code; and
  • the defendant’s violation caused serious bodily injury to another.

A conviction for aggravated assault by vehicle under Section § 3732.1 is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to seven (7) years in jail and up to $15,000 in fines.

Aggravated Vehicle Assault-DUI

Consequences become harsher when a person is convicted of aggravated assault by vehicle while also driving under the influence.

Pennsylvania Statute § 3735.1 defines aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI as negligently causes injury to another as a result of a DUI violation. Driving under the influence (DUI) is codified in §3802 of the Motor Vehicle Code.

A Section 3735.1 violation is charged as a second-degree felony. Second-degree felonies are punishable by up to ten (10) years in prison and up to $25,000 fines.

A Lawyer For Aggravated Assault By Vehicle

If you were accused of driving recklessly or with gross negligence then talking to an experienced traffic defense attorney can help you understand how to fight your criminal charges.

Contact Skinner Law Firm to learn more about how to handle criminal vehicular assault charges. Our offices are located in southeast Pennsylvania. Call (610) 436-1410 for a consultation.

Attorney Michael J. Skinner represents clients accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout the Boroughs of West Chester in Chester County, Media in Delaware County, and Lancaster in Lancaster County.

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