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Learn More About Battery Charges; Call Our Firm Now!
The crime of battery is most often known for being paired with the charge
of “assault and battery” because the two are similar and often
charged simultaneously. The key difference is that assault involves threatening
or inflicting fear of bodily harm on another but without physical contact,
while battery involves actually physically harming them. In Pennsylvania,
the charges for battery are almost paired with assault, which has two
categories: simple assault and aggravated assault. Assault in this regard
technically goes by the name “physical menace” in Pennsylvania.
The penalties for a guilty conviction for even simple assault and battery
can be serious, resulting in a potentially life-long impact. At the
Law Offices of William D. Thompson, we understand how stressful facing criminal charges can be, and why it’s
important to have a qualified and dedicated ally to represent you in court.
As a Scranton criminal defense lawyer, William D. Thompson takes great
pride in putting the law on your side to defend you in order to fight
back against your prosecution. He understands the importance of immediate
and decisive action in a violent crime case, and is available 24/7 to
assist you throughout your case.
free consultation from the Law Offices of William D. Thompson today by calling (570) 666-1068.
Penalties of Assault & Battery
violent crime cases, including assault and battery, prosecutors tend to pursue and juries
tend to award the harshest possible sentences. This makes an experienced
defense attorney even more pivotal to your case, as they can help you
demonstrate innocence or negotiate for reduced consequences.
Penalties for assault can include:
- Simple Assault (second-degree misdemeanor): Prison sentence of up to two
years and a fine of up to $5,000
- Aggravated Assault (second-degree felony): Up to 10 years in prison
- With “extreme indifference to human life” (first-degree felony):
Up to 20 years in prison
- Against a child (first degree misdemeanor): Up to five years in prison
and a fine of up to $10,000
- In a consensual fight (third-degree misdemeanor): Up to one year in prison
and a $2,500 fine.
Don’t face your charges alone;
contact the Law Offices of William D. Thompson online now!