One of the most common Violent Crimes that occur in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, are Violent Crime such as Simple Assault. In terms of Violent Crimes, there are several different types of Simple Assault. One of the least common types of simple assault can be found under Title 18 in section 2701(a)(4). This type of Simple Assault is part of a new statute which focuses on assaults against law enforcement officers via the use of a hypodermic needle. These types of cases can be serious. assault crimes They are graded as a misdemeanor of the second degree and therefore punishable by a maximum of 2 years in state prison and a five thousand dollar fine. Make sure to seek out an experienced Chester County Criminal Defense attorney if you are being investigated or have been charged with this crime.
Under 18 PA. C.S. section 2701, an accused is guilty of simple assault if he conceals or attempts to conceal a hypodermic needle on his person and intentionally or knowingly tries to use it against or penetrate the skin of a law enforcement officer or someone that works for a county jail, prison or mental hospital. One of the main things that the government has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in these types of cases is that the accused intentionally tried to conceal a hypodermic needle and then tried to use it to penetrate the skin of a law enforcement officer. harassment Thus, possible defenses for these type of charges are that the accused did not intentionally possess the needle, and if the government can prove that he did, then that the alleged penetration or attempted penetration was not intentional. Accordingly, as a result of the serious nature of criminal charges, an accused or a suspect is encouraged to consult with an experienced Chester County Criminal Lawyer.