Assault & Battery Law Pennsylvania
Assault and battery are usually classified as crimes against another person. Assault is an intentional, unlawful threat (spoken or acted) to do violence to someone else in a way that makes such violence appear imminent. Battery occurs when a person actually follows through by using force or violence against another person and causes bodily harm to another person.
In Pennsylvania, Assault and Battery are different offenses and can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor, based on different factors. The severity of the attack, prior history of abuse, or previous Assault and Battery convictions can weigh in on the charge.
Convictions for violent crimes typically include mandatory sentences. Even if the charges are misdemeanors, the defendant could face up to a year in jail (or possibly longer if there are prior arrests / convictions).
If you or someone close to you has been brought up on these charges, it’s crucial to find legal council that understands the law and process and takes a strategic approach to providing you with a defense that will get the best results possible.
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Michael N. Kotik, Esq. (PA, NJ)