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PENNSYLVANIA ASSAULT LAWS

There are 2 categories of assault charges in Pennsylvania:   Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault. Within those categories, assaults are further broken down into who the crime was committed against and the seriousness of the assault. Simple Assault is a typical one that does not result in serious injury.  In fact, it doesn't have to result in any injury at all.  You can be charged with simple assault without even touching anyone. Simple Assault can result in holding a weapon and threatening someone or attempting to hit someone with a vehicle.  In most case Simple Assault is graded as an M-2 and carries up to 2 years in prison.  If it involves a fight that both parties entered into mutually, it is graded as a M-3 and carries up to 1 year in prison.  If the Simple Assault is against a child under the age of 12, it is considered a M-1 and can result in 5 years behind bars.    Felony Assault, or Aggravated Assault is considered a violent crime and carries harsh penalties.  When Aggravated Assault is committed an serious bodily injury is caused by acting in an extreme indifference to human life or if it's against a police officer or similar public safety individual its graded as an F-1, punishable by up to 20 years in jail. Aggravated Assaults are further broken down into F-2, and F-3 based on the severity of the crime.  Contact us immediately should you believe you may be charged with an assault and/or if you have been charged.  My office has a great amount of experience and success in dealing with assault crimes.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES

My office has represented people charged in Domestic Violence Assaults with ever increasing frequency these days.  Police and prosecutors seem to be more and more aggressive in charging and prosecuting these cases by the day.  In many of theses Domestic Violence Assault cases, the alleged victim refuses to cooperate with the prosecution.  Alleged victims will often recant the allegations that they made on the date of the incident, refuse to come to court, even when they have been summoned or, if the couple is married, invoke the marital privilege and refuse to testify.

There are many reasons why alleged victims do this including that the couple has reconciled their relationship, the defendant is primarily the breadwinner in the family which often means if he goes to jail his family is devastated financially, or that the charges were fabricated in the first place.  It is hard for some to believe that someone would fabricate charges against another person but unfortunately it happens all the time.  Should you or your loved one face a similar situation call Marinaro Law Firm for Aggressive, Knowlegeable and Competent representation in dealing these types of cases.