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Aggravated Assault

Charged with Aggravated Assault?

Frank Walker Law Can Fight for You

Simply put, aggravated assault involves attacking someone with the intention of hurting them. Distinct from assault charges, aggravated assault allegations are extremely serious. Regular assault charges are often coupled with battery. Additionally, regular assault may not actual involve physically hurting someone. Assault charges may be considered aggravated when the perpetrator attempts to unlawfully attack and harm another person.

For example, if an individual is intends to rob someone by using the force of a dangerous weapon, he/she may be charged with aggravated assault. If you've been charged with aggravated assault, you need a high-quality defense attorney on your side. Frank Walker Law can help. If you feel like the evidence is stacked against you and you don't know where to turn, our firm can give you the powerful defense representation you need. Aggravated Assault is a felony and punishable by at least two years in prison.

Defining Aggravated Assault

According to Pennsylvania law, aggravated assault is an offense defined by one's intention to cause physical harm to another person, attempt to hurt officers or public employees, intention to hurt someone with a deadly weapon, or the intention to physically hurt a teacher or educational staff member. Additionally, the use of tear or noxious gas may elevate assault charges to aggravated assault. The use of stun guns or electronic incapacitation devices may result in aggravated charges as well. You may be charged with aggravated assault if the court believes that you acted in a way that demonstrated an extreme indifference to human life.

This includes reckless actions or any other behavior that innately disregards the value of other lives. Specifically, Pennsylvania statutes include offers, agents and other agency employees. Assault may be considered aggravated when an individual attacks or attempts to harm a public transportation employees who is currently on the job. The presences of a deadly weapon can have a significant bearing on the charges brought against you. If you have been arrested for attacking someone with a dangerous weapon or intending to do so, you may be charged with aggravated assault.

Actual, physical contact is not necessary – only the intention to hurt someone. Education professionals are mentioned in Pennsylvania law as well. Specifically, teaching staff members, members of school boards, student employees and elementary public school teachers are included in the statute. Teachers employed by private schools that are licensed by the Department of Education may be included as well. Sometimes, the threat of violence is enough to merit an assault or aggravated assault charge – if the threat is made against an officer or agency employee.

The Importance of a Defense Lawyer

If you've been charged with aggravated assault, time is of the essence. In the face of a felony allegation, you need to make sure that your rights are protected. At the firm, we understand the serious nature of an aggravated assault charge and want to help you. Call our office today and see what a top-notch legal advocate can do for you. We are committed to offering client real legal help. As a criminal defense law firm, we know that you need a defense attorney ready to fight with the same enthusiasm as the prosecution. When you contact the firm, we will aggressively pursue the case outcome you want and need. Don't risk your future, freedom and reputation; call today. When you work with a lawyer form Frank Walker Law, we walk beside you through every step of the legal process, gather evidence in your favor and create a strategy to combat the evidence held against you. To learn more, fill out free case evaluation form or contact our office today.

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