Assault and battery is the combination of two violent crimes: assault (the threat of violence) and battery (physical violence). This legal distinction exists only in jurisdictions that distinguish assault as threatened violence rather than actual violence. In most states, an assault/battery is committed when one person tries to or actually does physically strike another, or acts in a threatening manner to put another in fear of immediate harm.
Many states declare that a more serious or “aggravated” assault/battery occurs when one tries to, or does, cause severe injury to another, or causes injury through use of a deadly weapon. Historically, laws treated the threat of physical injury as “assault”, and the completed act of physical contact or offensive touching as “battery,” but many states no longer differentiate between the two.
Probable Penalties & Consequences
Jail time, Probation, Parole, Anger management classes, Loss of the right to have a firearm etc. The wrongdoer may be required to pay for damages, the determination of which is usually made by a judge.
Generally, a plaintiff is entitled to COMPENSATORY DAMAGES that compensate for injuries that are both directly and indirectly related to the wronged party. Some damages are: medical expenses, and lost earnings resulting from the victim’s inability to work.