Legal Statutes: Pennsylvania
UPDATED October 12, 2012
(a) OFFENSE DEFINED.--A PERSON IS GUILTY OF ASSAULT IF HE:
(1) attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes
bodily injury to another;
(2) negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon;
(3) attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent
serious bodily injury; or
(4) conceals or attempts to conceal a hypodermic needle on his person
and intentionally or knowingly penetrates a law enforcement officer or
an officer or an employee of a correctional institution, county jail or
prison, detention facility or mental hospital during the course of an
arrest or any search of the person.
(b) GRADING.--SIMPLE ASSAULT IS A MISDEMEANOR OF THE SECOND DEGREE UNLESS COMMITTED:
(1) in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case
it is a misdemeanor of the third degree; or
(2) against a child under 12 years of age by an adult 21 years of age
or older, in which case it is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
1972, Dec. 6, P.L. 1482, No. 334, § 1, effective June 6, 1973. Amended 1988, Dec. 19, P.L. 1275, No. 158, § 1, effective in 60 days; 2001, June 22, P.L. 605, No. 48, § 1, effective in 60 days; 2002, Dec. 9, P.L. 1391, No. 172, § 1, effective in 60 days.