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Assault and battery are actually two different criminal acts that can be bundled into one charge. Assault is the act of threatening to hurt someone physically that is backed by enough intimidation so that the victim has reason to believe the threat is genuine; assault can also be the attempt to hurt someone but failing, such as taking a swing at someone but missing. Battery is the action of actually physically harming another person with a malicious intent to do so, such as a swing that connects.
Assault and battery are often combined into one charge – assault & battery – due to the fact that it is odd for there to be an assault and no battery, and vice versa. People who violently threaten others usually immediately follow up with the intent to carry out their threat. People do not often attack someone without warning or purpose, however, so battery is rarely charged on its own.
Assault and battery charges can range in severity, depending on a case-by-case basis. Sentencing for convictions based on assault and battery charges will therefore also vary.
Escalation to sentencing will occur based on a variety of factors, including:
When only facing simple assault and simple battery charges, a conviction could result in more than 6 months in jail, a fine up to $1,000, and restitution paid to the victim. Penalties will increase and worsen as the charges escalate. If you are arrested for felony assault and battery, a conviction will include at least one year behind bars.
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