Just as there are several different types of violent crimes under Pennsylvania law, there also different types of assaults. risking catastrophe Specifically, under the Pennsylvania crimes code there is simple assault, which can be found under section 2701 of the code and aggravated assault which can be found under section 2702 of the code. AViolent Crimes such as assault is generally is defined as either attempting to injure someone intentionally or injuring someone intentionally. The first type of assault is a simple assault. A simple assault is graded as a misdemeanor of the second degree under Pennsylvania law and is therefore punishable by a maximum of 2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The elements of simple assault must include the intent to cause harmful or offensive contact to the victim and that the defendant tried to injure the victim either by pushing, punching, kicking or somehow attacking the victim. An assault can be defined as the act of words with the accompanied presence of carrying out those words. For example, if one pulls their fist back and yells “I will punch you in your face”, while directly in front of you that is considered assault, so long as the attacker tries to actually punch you in the face.
The other type of violent crime is Aggravated Assault. Aggravated Assault is significantly more serious than simple assault. attempted murder The difference between the two types of assault is the level of injury that the defendant is trying to inflict upon the victim. Specifically, the government must prove that the defendant is trying to inflict a serious injury upon the victim. Aggravated Assault, just like simple assault must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Specifically, that the defendant intended to carry out a harmful or criminal act towards another. When charged with assault, it important to weaken the accusations of intent and reasonable apprehension. An experienced lawyer can create defenses that can alter why one could have not perceived that harm was coming their way, or remove the act of intent.