Assault on a Sports Official is one of the newer types assault crime sin the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It can be found in Title 18 of the PA. Crimes Code under section 2712. This assault crime makes it against the law to commit a simple assault against a sports official who was assaulted during a sporting event that he or she was officiating or was assaulted as a result of a call that the official made during the sporting event. So what is an assault as defined under this statute? An assault occurs when an individual intentionally tries to injure another person or successfully injures another person. Aggravated assault on unborn person Frequently, an assault occurs as a result of a kick or punch. Under the crimes code assaults are generally graded as misdemeanors of the second degree. This statute makes it a more serious crime if the assault occurs to a Sports Official. Accordingly, this crime is graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree and therefore punishable by a maximum fine of up to $10,000 and 5 years in state prison.
In order for an accused to be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of Assault Crimes like Assault on a Sports Official, the government has to prove that the individual assaulted was in fact a sports official. A sports Official is defined under section 2712 as a person who enforces the rules at a sporting event. This definition would cover an umpire, referee, coach or principal of a school. Murder of unborn person Make sure to contact an experienced Chester County Criminal Lawyer if you have been charged with or are being investigated for committing the crime of Assault on a Sports Official. There are various defenses for this crime which should be explored with an attorney. Contact the former prosecutors at the Law Offices of Kelly & Conte today.