Aggravated Assault Charges in State College, PA and Penn State

ยง 2702. Aggravated assault.

(a) Offense defined.–A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he:

(1) attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury intentionally, knowingly or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life;

(2) attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes serious bodily injury to any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c) or to an employee of an agency, company or other entity engaged in public transportation, while in the performance of duty;

(3) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c), in the performance of duty;

(4) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon;

(5) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to a teaching staff member, school board member or other employee, including a student employee, of any elementary or secondary publicly-funded educational institution, any elementary or secondary private school licensed by the Department of Education or any elementary or secondary parochial school while acting in the scope of his or her employment or because of his or her employment relationship to the school;

(6) attempts by physical menace to put any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c), while in the performance of duty, in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or

(7) uses tear or noxious gas as defined in section 2708(b) (relating to use of tear or noxious gas in labor disputes) or uses an electric or electronic incapacitation device against any officer, employee or other person enumerated in subsection (c) while acting in the scope of his employment.

 

(b) Grading.–Aggravated assault under subsection (a)(1) and (2) is a felony of the first degree. Aggravated assault under subsection (a)(3), (4), (5), (6) and (7) is a felony of the second degree.

Aggravated assault is a felony charge in the State of Pennsylvania. While rarer in the State College, PA and Penn State communities, aggravated assault charges are levied against those who local law enforcement officials believe knowingly or intentionally attempted serious bodily harm to another person. These charges may arise from a fight or other type of altercation.

The most important thing to do when facing aggravated assault charges is to formulate a defense plan immediately. We’ll sit down with you and your family members, and outline the key events that led to you being charged with aggravated assault. That will help us to structure the facts in a way that makes them beneficial to the next steps in your case.

Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation on your aggravated assault charges. It will help us better understand your circumstances and whether we’re suited to assist in your defense.

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