What Does It Mean To Be Charged
With Assault Or Battery?
A crime of assault can become a Felony of the Third Degree, such as an Aggravated Assault, when a person uses a deadly weapon along with the unlawful threat. If convicted of aggravated assault, one faces a maximum sentence of up to five (5) years in prison, up to five (5) years of probation, or a fine of up to $5,000.
(1) Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or
(2) Intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.
Examples of actions that may lead to a battery charge include things like pushing, shoving, or even grabbing a person by the arm.
A simple battery is punishable as a misdemeanor of the first degree. If convicted of the crime of battery, a person could be sentenced to any combination of either: up to 1 year in jail, up to 1 year of probation, or up to $1,000 in fines.
Hiring a criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable in this area of the law is key to ensure that you are aware of all your options and your rights are protected.