Assault and similar offenses in Pennsylvania are serious. These offenses may be misdemeanors or felonies. Penalties range from mere probation to as many as 20 years in prison, along with heavy fines, a permanent criminal record, and negative publicity if the story is picked up by a local newspaper.
- Often these types of charge stems from a fight that was mutual, or you may have even been acting in self-defense but the other party simply called the police first. There are numerous defenses available to beat an assault charge or reduce the degree of the offense to one that is more manageable.
- The primary laws involved when charged with an assault offense are located in Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, Chapter 27. These statutes are complex, and contain numerous cross-references. Therefore, it is imperative that you seek competent legal counsel when charged. These links are provided for your convenience only.
Title 18 Chapter 27. Assault[i]
- 2701. Simple assault.
- 2702. Aggravated assault.
- 2702.1. of law enforcement officer.
- 2703. by prisoner.
- 2703.1. Aggravated harassment by prisoner.
- 2704. by life prisoner.
- 2705. Recklessly endangering another person.
- 2706. Terroristic threats.
- 2707. Propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle or onto a roadway.
- 2707.1. Discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure.
- 2707.2. Paintball guns and paintball markers.
- 2708. Use of tear or noxious gas in labor disputes.
- 2709. Harassment.
- 2709.1. Stalking.
- 2710. Ethnic intimidation.
- 2711. Probable cause arrests in domestic violence cases.
- 2712. Assault on sports official.
- 2713. Neglect of care-dependent person.
- 2714. Unauthorized administration of intoxicant.
- 2715. Threat to use weapons of mass destruction.
- 2716. Weapons of mass destruction.
- 2717. Terrorism.
[i] These links may not reflect the latest amendments to the law.