Violent crimes that individuals may be charged with when interacting with the police is the crime of Aggravated Assault on a police officer. assault crimes In order to be convicted of Aggravated Assault on a police officer, the government must prove the following criminal elements beyond a reasonable doubt: First that the defendant caused or attempted to cause bodily injury to someone. Second, that the defendant intentionally tried to cause this injury and or intentionally attempted to cause this injury and finally that the injury was caused to a police officer performing his duty (meaning working as a police officer), when the alleged assault occurred. There are several issues that are raised when reviewing the elements of the statute. The first of which is the government has to prove that the injury was intentionally inflicted by the defendant. Typically, pushing an officer away from themselves or even flailing about will not necessary satisfy this element.
Bad Act Evidence is something that has been very relevant in Pennsylvania criminal law recently. Specifically, this is true in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Bill Cosby. In that case the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is attempting to bring in Bad Act Evidence against Bill Cosby in order to show that he sexually assaulted the alleged victim. The government in that case attempted to bring in evidence that Cosby sexually assaulted more than a dozen Evidence other women in addition to the alleged victim that he is accused of sexually assaulting. The government tried to bring in this evidence of Cosby's alleged other crimes, in an attempt to show that he had the same motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity, absence of mistake, or lack of accident