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The Statute Governing Aggravated Assault in Pennsylvania

Our criminal defense attorneys look forward to explaining all your rights and options at this time. Below you will find the actual text of the Pennsylvania statute governing Aggravated Assault charges in Pennsylvania. This was current as of July 2010. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense law firm is primarily in the business of fighting for defendants’ rights; we are not in the business of updating websites, but wanted to at least give you some information for educational purposes, only. You should talk to a lawyer for legal advice to fully learn your rights in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. We will explain to you the crime, possible punishment, and all your options. In the meantime, here is the actual language from the statute:

18 Pa.C.S.A. § 2702. Aggravated assault

(a) OFFENSE DEFINED.– A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he:

(1) attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury intentionally, knowingly or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life;

(2) attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes serious bodily injury to any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c) or to an employee of an agency, company or other entity engaged in public transportation, while in the performance of duty;

(3) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c), in the performance of duty;

(4) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon;

(5) attempts to cause or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to a teaching staff member, school board member or other employee, including a student employee, of any elementary or secondary publicly-funded educational institution, any elementary or secondary private school licensed by the Department of Education or any elementary or secondary parochial school while acting in the scope of his or her employment or because of his or her employment relationship to the school;

(6) attempts by physical menace to put any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c), while in the performance of duty, in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or

(7) uses tear or noxious gas as defined in section 2708(b) (relating to use of tear or noxious gas in labor disputes) or uses an electric or electronic incapacitation device against any officer, employee or other person enumerated in subsection (c) while acting in the scope of his employment.

(b) GRADING.– Aggravated assault under subsection (a)(1) and (2) is a felony of the first degree. Aggravated assault under subsection (a)(3), (4), (5), (6) and (7) is a felony of the second degree.

(c) OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, ETC., ENUMERATED.– The officers, agents, employees and other persons referred to in subsection (a) shall be as follows:

    • (1) Police officer.
    • (2) Firefighter.
    • (3) County adult probation or parole officer.
    • (4) County juvenile probation or parole officer.
    • (5) An agent of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
    • (6) Sheriff.
    • (7) Deputy sheriff.
    • (8) Liquor control enforcement agent.
    • (9) Officer or employee of a correctional institution, county jail or prison, juvenile detention center or any other facility to which the person has been ordered by the court pursuant to a petition alleging delinquency under 42 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating to juvenile matters).
    • (10) Judge of any court in the unified judicial system.
    • (11) The Attorney General.
    • (12) A deputy attorney general.
    • (13) A district attorney.
    • (14) An assistant district attorney.
    • (15) A public defender.
    • (16) An assistant public defender.
    • (17) A Federal law enforcement official.
    • (18) A State law enforcement official.
    • (19) A local law enforcement official.
    • (20) Any person employed to assist or who assists any Federal, State or local law enforcement official.
    • (21) Emergency medical services personnel.
    • (22) Parking enforcement officer.
    • (23) A district justice.
    • (24) A constable.
    • (25) A deputy constable.
    • (26) A psychiatric aide.
    • (27) A teaching staff member, a school board member or other employee, including a student employee, of any elementary or secondary publicly funded educational institution, any elementary or secondary private school licensed by the Department of Education or any elementary or secondary parochial school while acting in the scope of his or her employment or because of his or her employment relationship to the school.
    • (28) Governor.
    • (29) Lieutenant Governor.
    • (30) Auditor General.
    • (31) State Treasurer.
    • (32) Member of the General Assembly.
    • (33) An employee of the Department of Environmental Protection.
    • (34) An individual engaged in the private detective business as defined in section 2(a) and (b) of the act of August 21, 1953 (P.L. 1273, No. 361), known as The Private Detective Act of 1953.
    • (35) An employee or agent of a county children and youth social service agency or of the legal representative of such agency.
    • (36) A public utility employee or an employee of an electric cooperative.

(d) DEFINITIONS.– As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:

“Electric or electronic incapacitation device.” A portable device which is designed or intended by the manufacturer to be used, offensively or defensively, to temporarily immobilize or incapacitate persons by means of electric pulse or current, including devices operated by means of carbon dioxide propellant. The term does not include cattle prods, electric fences or other electric devices when used in agricultural, animal husbandry or food production activities.

“Emergency medical services personnel.” The term includes, but is not limited to, doctors, residents, interns, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, ambulance attendants and operators, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and members of a hospital security force while working within the scope of their employment.

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