Assault And Aggravated Assault
Assault And Aggravated Assault Charges
When disagreements arise and tempers flair, a bar fight or other physical confrontation can quickly give rise to assault charges. Depending on the circumstances, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense — both of which are serious criminal charges. Ramsay & Ramsay, PC, located in West Chester, will give you the strong defense you need.
Assault: A Misdemeanor Or Felony Offense
In Pennsylvania, assault takes two forms: simple assault and aggravated assault. To be convicted of simple assault, the prosecution must prove you:
- Knowingly or recklessly tried to injure another person, or
- Negligently injured another with a deadly weapon.
Aggravated assault is harder to prove. It must be shown you:
- Had extreme indifference to human life, and
- Caused serious bodily injury.
Simple assault is a misdemeanor. If convicted you could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fines up to $10,000. Aggravated assault is a felony. Depending on the circumstances, a conviction can carry up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
A Strong Defense Requires The Full Story
Police reports often do not contain the full story. That is why the firm’s attorneys leave no stone unturned. They thoroughly examine the circumstances leading up to your arrest.
Were you defending yourself? Were you threatened or provoked? Were you engaged in mutual combat? Was the injury due to accident? Did you lack the required intent to harm? Was the alleged victim actually injured?
Once all of the facts are known, they begin building your defense. Tom Ramsay is a former Deputy District Attorney. He knows — firsthand — what the prosecution must do to prove its case, and he knows what it takes to pose a successful defense. No matter how serious your charges or how bad the situation seems, Ramsay & Ramsay, PC, will fight for you.
Contact Ramsay & Ramsay, PC
If you’re facing assault charges, you’re facing the possibility of jail. Make sure you get the best defense possible. Call Ramsay & Ramsay, PC, at 610-235-4000 or contact the firm online to schedule a consultation.