Assault & Battery
Assault and Battery are two totally separate crimes, even though they are often paired together. Due to these terms being used synonymously, these crimes are typically misunderstood by the general public. Each crime has a different set of rules and distinctions that clearly define what happens in an alleged assault, battery or a combination of the two.
Assault is considered to be when a person is threatened with some form of bodily by any other persons who clearly has the ability to carry out and follow through on the threat. Physical contact is not involved, and is one of the clear distinctions between a battery crime.
Battery happens when a person or persons are subject to the use of force that results in harmful, offensive, sexual or physical contact, and can carry various penalties depending on the severity of the incident.