Simple Assault Charges

ยง 2701. Simple assault.

(a) Offense defined.–A person is guilty of assault if he: (1) attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; (2) negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; (3) attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or (4) conceals or attempts to conceal a hypodermic needle on his person and intentionally or knowingly penetrates a law enforcement officer or an officer or an employee of a correctional institution, county jail or prison, detention facility or mental hospital during the course of an arrest or any search of the person.

(b) Grading.
–Simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless committed: (1) in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a misdemeanor of the third degree; or (2) against a child under 12 years of age by an adult 21 years of age or older, in which case it is a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Simple assault charges are a serious problem for Penn State students and State College residents facing them. This misdemeanor is enough to seriously derail your life and academic studies. As scary as that sounds, you have options in how you choose to defend yourself against simple assault charges. There are always two sides to a story. Our law firm is here to listen to your side of the story while educating you on the best options for your criminal defense.

We’ll sit down with you and your family members, and outline the key events that led to you being charged with simple 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 simple assault charges. It will help us better understand your circumstances and whether we’re suited to assist in your defense.


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