Assault

Gross McGinley Allentown PA Assault Attorneys

Assault

What is Assault?

The law defines assault as an attempt to harm someone else. Pennsylvania classifies assaults as simple or aggravated. If you’ve been accused of assault, you’ll want to talk to a criminal defense attorney.

Simple Assault

Someone who tries to cause injury to another person can be charged with simple assault. So can a person who does knowingly, recklessly cause injury to another on purpose. Some examples include:

  • Accidentally causing injury with a deadly weapon
  • Causing you to fear for your safety by pointing a gun at you or telling you they’re going to kill you
  • Hiding a hypodermic needle and intentionally stabbing a police officer or staff at a hospital or corrections facility with it during a search

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault — also called battery — involves unlawful physical contact and harm. Aggravated assault statutes do vary somewhat by jurisdiction. But the typical definition is the intentional harmful touching of someone without their permission. A battery or aggregated assault charge must include:

  • Touching on purpose
  • The physical contact is harmful or offensive
  • The victim did not give permission

Why Choose Us?

Our legal teams bring years of experience and deep knowledge of Pennsylvania’s criminal defense laws. We’re committed to clearly explaining any criminal charges, the investigative and prosecution process, and potential consequences.

If you’ve been accused of or charged with a misdemeanor or felony, our lawyers will help you navigate the law. We’ll review your case and your history. Then we’ll create a strategy to help. We know that every situation is unique, and we will work to craft a defense based on your legal options.

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    View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Attorney Michael J. Blum

    Michael J. Blum

    Senior Counsel
    View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Attorney Robert M. Campbell

    Robert M. Campbell

    Associate
    View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Sara Hart Charette

    Sarah Hart Charette

    Partner
    View Profile Lehigh Valley criminal defense lawyer Philip Lauer

    Philip D. Lauer

    Partner
    View Profile Allentown Attorney Jim Lavelle

    James M. Lavelle

    Senior Counsel
    View Profile Gross McGinley Allentown Law Firm Attorney Constance K. Nelson

    Constance K. Nelson

    Associate

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