Assault basically means any reasonable threat by one person directed toward another when contact is not involved. “Reasonable” refers to the seeming ability of a person to carry out that imminent threat. Assault may also be defined as “attempted battery.”
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Waving a fist, gun, baseball bat or knife at someone may constitute assault. Once the threat becomes physical and contact is made, the charge becomes “assault and battery.” Anyone who is charged with battery is inherently guilty of assault.
Even minor contact can be considered battery if it is painful, harmful or offensive to the victim. Depending on how the terms are defined in your jurisdiction, you may be awarded damages based on the degree of your injuries and each specific offense.
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