Have You Been Charged with Assault?
Skilled Harrisburg Criminal Defense Lawyer
As a violent crime, assault is always taken very seriously by both law
enforcement and prosecutors. If you have been charged, then our seasoned
and award-winning Harrisburg criminal defense attorneys at
Curcillo Law, LLC are ready to hear from you. Our firm brings more than 90 years of collective
legal experience to our clients' cases. We have the strategies, insights,
and resources to ensure that every avenue towards a reduction or dismissal
is explored to its fullest extent.
Start fighting these allegations today. Call 717.798.3664 to
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Simple Assault vs. Aggravated Assault
Assault charges are defined in 18 Pa. Cons. Statute § 2701. The two
most common of these charges are "simple assault" and "aggravated
assault." Simple assault is the most minor of these offenses and
is defined by attempting to intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly harming
someone. Negligently causing bodily injury or making someone fear "imminent,
serious bodily injury" could also be considered simple assault.
However, assault is considered "aggravated assault" when the accused:
- Attempts to cause serious bodily injury
- Causes serious bodily injury intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly
- Causes serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon
- Attempts to cause serious bodily injury to law enforcement officers, probation
officers, court-related officials, teachers or school staff, or public
- Attempts to put any of the people above in fear of "imminent, serious
bodily injury" while they are doing their duty
- Uses noxious gases to harm any of the people above while they are doing
Certain assaults against young people and children can also be considered
aggravated assault. These offenses can be either charged as misdemeanor
or a felony, depending on the circumstances. For more specific information
on your assault charge, what penalties you might be facing, and what your
defense options are,
contact our team today for an
initial case evaluation.