According to the laws of Pennsylvania, all that is necessary in a Simple Assault case is a reasonable belief that another person’s safety might be in jeopardy due to your actions and behavior. Reliable witness statements and testimony are important in filing of assault charges to obtain a conviction. Simple Assaults are classified by Statute as a Misdemeanor.
Conversely, an Aggravated Assault is much more serious and is filed against a person under circumstances when serious bodily injury is recklessly or intentionally inflicted upon one or more individuals. Aggravated Assaults are classified by Statute as a Felony and can have a significant impact upon your future and your family.
In cases of Simple Assault, often a knowledgeable and experienced attorney can plea bargain to a sentence of probation or can fight to dismiss the charge depending on the facts and circumstances of each case. However, in cases of Aggravated Assault, the penalties are much more severe and can result in significant jail time and substantial financial obligations for the Defendant to pay for physical injuries. It can also result in loss of liberty and putting your job and future at stake.
Whether you are charged with Simple Assault, Aggravated Assault, or any other crime related to physical violence, you should contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to get good legal advice and to protect your rights before making any decisions that could significantly impact you, your family, and your future.