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What Are Assault Charges?

Assault charges are criminal charges that may result when a person commits any intentional act that is calculated to create a “reasonable apprehension” of imminent harm or offensive contact. An example of this is where a person swings a punch at another person, intending to make the other person believe that they will hit them. Even though there is no contact, assault charges can result if the victim had a reasonable belief that they would be struck with the punch.

Assault is different from battery in that there needs to be actual, completed contact in order for battery to occur. In some cases, a person can be charged with both assault and battery, depending on the circumstances and number of victims.

Are There Different Types of Assault Charges?

There are many, many different types of assault charges. The types of assault charges depend on various factors, including: the degree of harm involved or intended; the nature of the victim; and the type of weapon used, if any. The various definitions and classifications of assault will differ from state to state. Some common forms of assault charges are:

There may be other types of unique assault charges, such as medical assault or assault involving toxic or poisonous substances.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with Criminal Assault Charges?

Assault charges can sometimes lead to very serious legal consequences. The laws covering assault and battery can often be complex and may vary from state to state. You may need to hire a criminal law attorney in your area if you need any help with criminal assault charges. Your attorney can help research the laws to determine what types of defenses and options that you have. Also, your attorney can be on hand to represent you during any court meetings.

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Last Modified: 10-13-2016 10:22 AM PDT

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