Simple Assault Laws in Pennsylvania

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What is Simple Assault?

The statute for simple assault is Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and Offenses § 2701. It states that a person is guilty of simple 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.

A simple assault charge usually involves minor or no injuries, but can be applied for simply holding a weapon or threatening someone with harm.

What are the Penalties for Simple Assault?

Simple Assault (general)
Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree
Maximum Penalty:
2 years in prison
Simple Assault with mutual consent (fighting)
Misdemeanor of the 3rd Degree
Maximum Penalty:
1 year in prison
Simple Assault against a minor (under 12)
Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree
Maximum Penalty:
5 years in prison

How a Simple Assault can Affect Your Life?

Many people wrongly view these charges as minor. This could not be further from reality. Not only are you facing possible jail time if convicted, but you will also have a violent crime on your criminal record. With background check apps and websites, people will be able to see your violent crime and label you as a violent person.

Now ask yourself:

Who wants to hire a violent person?

Who wants to date a violent person?

Who wants to live near a violent person?

People with just a simple assault on their criminal history have faced challenges getting hired and many have even lost their professional licenses. In many cases, you can’t even work for Uber or Lyft if you have been convicted of a violent crime.

The worst things is, many people are charged with Simple Assault even when they haven’t committed a crime! The police often don’t investigate the facts and just slap charges on people, even if you were defending yourself.

Don’t let an assault conviction rob you of your freedom for years to come. Call The McShane Firm now at 7176573900 for your free case consultation. Our experienced attorneys will help you plan out a course of action to fight these charges. At The McShane Firm we are The Science Attorneys. We are highly trained in forensic science and know how to challenge the evidence collected by the government. This is a key reason why we are different from other law firms.