General Assault and Battery Criminal Defense Information
When a person is convicted of an assault or battery criminal charge, they may not only be awarded various fines or penalties, but also be left with a permanent criminal history that may present obstacles such as finding employment, or renting an apartment / home, or education opportunities. A felony conviction will also result in the loss of certain basic civil rights, such as your right to vote, obtain or possess a passport, sit on a jury, or own / possess a firearm… just to name a few.
An assault occurs when an action or a threat places someone in imminent fear of a non-consensual touching. Assault does not involve physical contact. Defense of assault charges sometimes include self-defense, defense of others, and defense of property.
Battery can be defined as an intentional act of harmful or offensive touching of someone without permission. Accidental contact, no matter how severe, is not considered battery. To be charged with battery, the person who was physically harmed does not have to require medical treatment.