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 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.
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 and Delaware, contact the Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 to schedule a free consultation.
According to Pa. Const. Stat. §2701, a simple assault offense occurs when:
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:
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 violence charges in Pennsylvania, and will channel this experience and knowledge into helping you beat the alleged offense you are currently charged with. Contact (610) 436-1410 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 city of West Chester.