Bucks County, PA Assault Lawyer

The state of Pennsylvania imposes harsh penalties for criminal convictions.  If you were arrested for assault or aggravated assault in Bucks County, you could be facing severe consequences including months or years of jail time in addition to costly restitution fines. You will also be burdened with a criminal record, which can follow you for years to come and create obstacles when you are seeking employment or even certain types of housing.

Unfortunately, it’s a common misconception that assault charges are not serious.  While it is true that arrests for assault are relatively common compared to other types of offenses, that does not mean these allegations should be taken lightly.  On the contrary, if you are convicted, you will be subject to legal penalties that have the potential to turn your life completely upside down.  It is extremely important that you meet your charges with the help of a knowledgeable defense attorney.

To schedule a completely free and confidential case evaluation with an experienced Bucks County assault attorney, call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania.  Don’t wait until it’s already too late: call us right away to start exploring your options for the future.

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Simple Assault vs. Aggravated Assault in Bucks County

Assault charges are broken down into two basic categories: simple, and aggravated.  While both classifications trigger significant consequences, the latter is more serious and is always charged as a felony.  But what sets them apart from each other?

Under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2701, a person can be charged with simple assault if he or she allegedly commits any of the following:

  • Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes (or attempts to cause) bodily injury.
  • Negligently causes injury with a deadly weapon.
  • Uses “physical menace” to make another person fear imminent serious bodily injury.”

By contrast, under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2702, a person can be charged with aggravated assault if he or she allegedly:

  • Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes (or attempts to cause) serious bodily injury “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of
    human life.”
  • “Attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.”
  • Commits assault against people employed in certain positions, including but not limited to firefighters, members of law enforcement, probation and parole officers, sheriffs, constables, public utility workers, and judges.

The degree of injury to the victim is a very important factor in terms of classifying the charges.  “Bodily injury” is defined as “impairment of physical or mental condition or substantial pain.”  By contrast, “serious bodily injury” means “injury which creates any risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.”

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Penalties for Assault Charges in Bucks County

Under their respective statutes, these charges can be classified and penalized as follows:

Simple Assault

  • Class — 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Degree Misdemeanor
  • Sentence — 1st: 5 years.  2nd: 2 years.  3rd:  90 days.
  • Fine — 1st: $10,000.  2nd: $5,000.  3rd: $5,000.

Simple assault is typically charged as a second or third degree misdemeanor, though it can be charged in the first degree if committed “against a child under 12 years of age by an adult 21 years of age or older.”

Aggravated Assault

  • Class — 1st or 2nd Degree Felony
  • Sentence — 1st: 20 years.  2nd: 10 years.
  • Fine — 1st, 2nd: $25,000.

Bucks County, PA Assault Attorneys Offering Free Consultations

At the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates, we have more than 30 years of practical experience to bring to your case.  We regularly handle matters involving a wide variety of assault charges related to both adults and juveniles, and have represented thousands of clients in Bucks County and throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.  Our skilled legal team includes former prosecutors, and we handle both misdemeanor and felony cases.

If you or someone you love is facing assault charges in Bucks County, you need to act fast to protect your rights.  To schedule a completely free and private legal consultation, call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates right away at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania, or contact us online.

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Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)

Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.

CASE DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)

Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.

CASE DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. "S"

Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.

CASE DISMISSED

State of New Jersey v. "H"

Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.

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We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.

As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.