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, knives, 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 & Clifton to discuss your case today.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)