Assault

There are three different levels of assault in Pennsylvania:

Harassment

This charge is defined as striking, shoving or kicking another person with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm them. Harassment does not require any bodily injury or an attempt to cause bodily injury. Harassment is summary offense which means that the maximum sentence for this crime is 90 days of incarceration and a $300 fine.

Simple Assault

This level of assault requires an attempt to cause, or actually causing, bodily injury to another as well as attempting by physical menace to place another person in fear of serious bodily injury. Simple assault is usually graded as a misdemeanor of the second degree which means that the maximum sentence is 2 years of incarceration and $5,000 fine. One exception to this is when the defendant and the victim both consented to the fight. Under these circumstances, simple assault is graded as a misdemeanor of the third degree and has a maximum sentence of 1 year of incarceration and a $2,500 fine.

Aggravated Assault

There are multiple acts that constitute aggravated assault. Some of the most common acts are attempting to cause, or actually causing the following:

  • serious bodily injury to another person - felony of the first degree which carries a maximum of 20 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine
  • bodily injury to a police officer or another enumerated person in the performance of their duty - felony of the first degree which carries a maximum of 20 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine
  • bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon - felony of the second degree which carries a maximum of 10 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine
  • bodily injury to an public elementary or secondary school employee - felony of the second degree which carries a maximum of 10 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine
  • by physical menace to place an enumerated person, while in performance of their duty, in fear of imminent serious bodily injury - felony of the second degree which carries a maximum of 10 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine

An assault charge can result in a lengthy prison sentence. It is very important that you speak to an attorney about how best to handle your case. Call our criminal defense lawyers in Reading, PA at 610-372-5128 or submit your case using the "Ask an attorney" link.