When people hear “assault” or “battery,” they are
usually used together. Someone was charged with “assault and battery,”
or someone was acquitted of “assault and battery charges.”
However, they are technically two different crimes bundled under the umbrella
of “assault” or “aggravated assault.”
Assault is often defined as an attempt to injure someone else and, in some
cases, as a threat to harm someone. Even if you don’t make contact
with a person, you could still be charged with assault if your general
intent to harm was present. Battery, though the definition may vary depending
on jurisdiction, includes intentional offensive or harmful touching of
another person without their consent. The two are often linked together
because assault often directly leads to battery. The intent to harm someone
is usually followed by actually doing harm to them.
Arizona law places assault as either a misdemeanor or a felony charge,
but in both cases, the penalties can be severe. Merely threatening injury
can result in a Class 2 misdemeanor charge for assault, which could mean
a sentence of 4 months in jail and a $750 fine. Aggravated assault is
a felony charge that can result in certain circumstances (such as hurting
a restrained victim or causing temporary but substantial disfigurement)
and will be considered a Class 3 felony. Punishments for aggravated assault
can lead to a penalty of 5 to 15 years in prison or 10 to 20 years in
prison for subsequent charges.
If you’ve been charged with assault, battery, or aggravated assault,
don’t hesitate to call our experienced Mesa violent crime lawyers.
Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys has earned a reputation
for being fierce legal advocates four our clients. We dedicate all our
resources and time to developing the best, most cutting-edge defenses
for the people we represent. Let us help you next.
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