Assault vs. Battery: What is the difference?

The meaning of assault and battery in respect to crimes are often confused by people. An assault is a threat to do violence to another that is expressed through words or actions. Battery occurs when someone intentionally strikes or touches another person against their will.

Assault vs Battery

Often times one will hear of an assault or battery as being “aggravated”. Aggravated assaults and batteries are more serious crimes, and are felonies. An aggravated assault is an assault that uses a dangerous weapon, such as guns, knifes, axes, or blunt objects. An aggravated battery is a battery that causes severe bodily injury through the use of a weapon.

Penalties for assaults and batteries vary depending on the type and the victim, and can range from being first to third degree felonies.

If you or a loved one has been wrongly accused of assault or battery contact or skilled assault and battery attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton to discuss your case today.

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