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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.

Request a free consultation from the Law Offices of William D. Thompson today by calling (570) 666-1068.

Penalties of Assault & Battery

In 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!

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