Assault and battery two separate offenses against the person that when used in one expression may be defined as any unlawful and unpermitted touching of another. Assault and battery often bring up images of the typical fight or brawl but the terms are actually two separate legal concepts with distinct elements learn more about this and related topics at findlaws criminal law section. Assault and battery is the combination of two violent crimes assault the threat of violence and battery crime physical violence this legal distinction exists only in jurisdictions that distinguish assault as threatened violence rather than actual violence. In some jurisdictions assault is defined as the threat of bodily harm that reasonably causes fear of harm in the victim battery is the actual physical impact on another person in certain jurisdictions assault and battery are often paired together as one offense. The crimes of assault assault and battery and aggravated assault all involve intentional harm inflicted on one person by another any crime involving a physical attack or even the threat of an attack is usually classified as an assault a battery or both
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