Assault does not require physically touching someone else. Gesturing with a clenched fist, displaying a weapon, or even verbal threats of violence combined with the immediate ability to inflict the threat of violence meets the definition of assault.
Battery on the other hand requires touching, but not necessarily resulting in an injury. Battery can be touching someone with your hands or using a threatening object to touch them. The charge of battery can be upgraded to aggravated battery if there was great bodily harm.
Despite what is portrayed on television, assault and battery are not interchangeable terms.
Charged With Assault And Battery
If you are charged with assault or battery, you should contact the Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group immediately. Depending on the complexity of the situation, assault and battery may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If the charge involves an elderly person, pregnant woman or a law enforcement officer, the penalties may be more severe.
Why You Should Contact A Lawyer If Charged With Assault And Battery
Assault and battery are taken very seriously by the judicial system. Convictions may yield several years in prison. A conviction of a violent crime may follow you for the rest of your life and make finding future employment a challenge.
If you are even thinking about hiring an attorney for your criminal defense, please consult with one of our criminal defense attorneys. Please contact our office in Trinity at (727) 846-0028 for a FREE initial consultation.