Chapter 27 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code defines the various types of assault that are criminally punishable within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These offenses include, without limitation:
The Pennsylvania assault laws provide for severe punishment and fines for anyone convicted of such an offense. Aggravated assault, for example, can result in a conviction for a felony of the first degree (maximum term of imprisonment of more than 10 years and/or a $25,000 fine) if it was committed upon a police officer, firefighter or officer or employee of a correctional institution, county jail, prison, or juvenile detention center. Aggravated assault can result in a conviction for a felony of the second degree (maximum term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years and/or a $25,000 fine) if it was committed upon a county adult or juvenile probation or parole officer, an agent of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation or Parole, a sheriff or deputy sheriff, or a liquor control enforcement agent. A person convicted of Assault of Law Enforcement Officer by discharging a firearm and attempting to cause or intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to a law enforcement officer while in the performance of his duties and with knowledge that the victim is a law enforcement officer shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 40 years.
Although the punishment can be severe for a violation of the various assault and violent crimes listed above, many of the these offenses can be successfully defended by a knowledgeable, highly experienced and skilled trial attorney. For example, the Pennsylvania Crimes Code under certain enumerated circumstances permits the use of force in self-protection (Section 505), for the protection of other persons (Section 506) and for the protection of property (Section 507). Under certain circumstances, the law regards the use of force, including deadly force, as justifiable and a defense to the crime charged. This is known as the defense of “Justification.”
When charged with any of the assault or violent offenses listed above, it is critical that you retain as soon as possible a highly trained, experienced and skillful trial attorney to develop your defense.
For nearly 40 years, Attorneys Fredrick E. Charles and Dennis G. Charles of the Charles Law Offices have successfully defended the assault and violent crimes listed above in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a reputation for excellence in legal knowledge, pretrial preparation, trial strategy, courtroom skill, and experience.
The attorneys at Charles Law Offices closely scrutinize the prosecution’s evidence with the assistance of the most qualified experts in the field. They will carefully prepare your defense and zealously defend your legal interests at every stage of your case in an effort to achieve for you the best outcome possible at trial. The legal team at Charles Law Offices is also highly skilled at negotiating plea-bargain resolutions to reduce jail time and achieve the best results for our clients.
If you, or a loved one, have been charged with an assault or violent crime, trust the winning team of trial lawyers at Charles Law Offices to work diligently and effectively in representing your legal interests. When your freedom, reputation and financial security are on the line, you can’t afford anything less than the skilled trial lawyers of Charles Law Offices!
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with a lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the attorneys at Charles Law Offices.
The Charles Brothers’ devotion to the law is derived from a family history in the legal system and of service to others. Their father, Charles “Chink” Charles (depicted in the lower left-hand corner of the photograph) held a 35 year career in law enforcement, and was selected to serve as the personal bodyguard for former United States Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson during their campaign visits to Allentown.