Simple Assault and Law Enforcement

We have discussed Simple Assault in previous posts, including our last post which discusses the victim being pregnant as an aggravating factor, this post warns of the consequences of assaulting a law enforcement officer.
Just as the type of acts which would normally constitute a simple assault, a misdemeanor, can be lead to more serious ramifications if the victim is pregnant, the same is true if the victim is a law enforcement officer. While Simple Assault carries a punishment of up to six (6) months in jail and a $500.00 fine, if the assault is against a law enforcement officer then it is raised to a felony. As a felony the punishment could include up to five (5) years in a penitentiary and a $1,000.00 fine.
As you can see, in the event you find yourself in a situation involving a law enforcement officer, it is vitally important that you remain calm and do not take any actions which could be construed as aggressive towards the officer.