Simple Assault Law in Delaware County
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Simple Assault (18 P.S. § 2701)
Understanding Key Terms
“Attempt” is when, with intent to commit a specific crime, a person does any act which constitutes a substantial step toward the commission of that crime.
“Bodily injury” is an impairment of a physical condition or substantial pain.
“Serious bodily injury” is any bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.
“Reckless” is when a person exhibits a conscious disregard for a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the material element exists or will result from his or her conduct. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that, considering the nature and intent of the person’s conduct and the circumstances known to him or her, its disregard involves a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the person’s situation. It does not require the specific intent to injure someone.
“Serious bodily injury” is bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 P.S. 2301)
Merger and Lesser Included Offenses
Offenses such as terroristic threats, harassment, endangering the welfare of children, rape, and robbery do not merge with a simple assault charge. Simple assault merges into aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person since the elements of simple assault are necessarily included in the other offenses.
Simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless committed in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a misdemeanor of the third degree. If the act is committed against a child under 12 years of age by an adult 21 years of age or older, it is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
A misdemeanor of the first degree can result in 5 years’ incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000.00. A misdemeanor of the second degree can result in 2 years’ incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000.00. A misdemeanor of the third degree can result in 1 year incarceration and a fine up to $2,000.00.
The Court may order the person to pay restitution when the victim suffers personal injury. The court will consider the extent of the injury in determining the amount of restitution.
Simple Assault Lawyers – The Martin Law Firm, P.C.
Our lawyers will always work hard to resolve these matters with your arresting officer. We may be able to negotiate an alternative resolution that includes a dismissal of the charge or a reduction of other charges that may have been filed in addition to the disorderly conduct charge. Contact our firm today to discuss your disorderly conduct charge at (215) 646-3980.
The Martin Law Firm, P.C. also offers legal representation to those who are charged with other crimes and offenses.
Other Crimes and Offenses
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have received a citation or charges for any of the above, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away. The criminal process has strict time limitations for scheduling and appearing for hearings as well as entering a plea. A criminal defense lawyer can assist you with preparing a proper defense and resolving your case. Contact us at (215) 646-3980.
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