If you have been accused of assault, the consequences that you face will depend largely on the type of assault you were accused of and the circumstances surrounding the alleged event. In order to defend yourself successfully, it is important that you first take the time to understand how the crime is prosecuted.
There are two main types of assault that are recognized in Pennsylvania. These are referred to as simple assault and aggravated assault. These acts are quite different from each other, and therefore, they lead to very different consequences.
What is simple assault, and how is it charged?
Simple assault is the least serious type of assault, but this does not mean that it is not a serious crime. Being convicted of the crime can still potentially lead to prison time. You may be found guilty of simple assault if, for example, you caused injury to another person through reckless behavior or through an intentional act. A simple assault conviction is typically charged as a misdemeanor of the second degree, but in some circumstances, it can become a misdemeanor of the first degree.
What is aggravated assault, and how is it charged?
A person can be charged with aggravated assault if they are found to have caused serious bodily injury to another, and displayed indifference to human life in their behavior. Aggravated assault is charged as a felony of the first or second degree.
If you have been accused of assault in Pennsylvania, the consequences you will face will depend on the way that you are able to defend your actions, and it is important that you seek legal counsel to assist you. To learn more, contact a criminal defense attorney at the Quinn Law Firm by calling 814-833-2222.