Assault Law

Assault law deals with the consequences of the wrongful act of causing fear of physical contact to another person. It is treated as a crime and a tort, meaning offenders can be prosecuted by the government, or sued for civil damages by the victim, or both. The purpose of assault law is to deter people from exhibiting aggressive, threatening behavior toward others, even if physical contact does not actually occur. If contact does occur, the act is usually treated as the separate offense of battery.

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  • Escalating and Deescalating Murder Charges

    On June 5, 2011, there was a case of a transgendered female who was out for a night on the town when she and some of friends were harassed by a group of young men. It started out with harsh words and eventually descended into violence. When she walked away, she was assaulted by one of the men, and she took a pair of scissors from her purse. She stabbed the assaulter, leading to his death.

  • What Do I Do If Attacked In A Public Place?
      by HG.org

    Many find it surprising to know that violence has actually been on a steady decline for decades. Unfortunately, it does still happen. Often, altercations occur in a public location, such as a bar or club, a store, or a park or public street. When an attack occurs, what can you do to defend yourself and who is liable for any harm you suffer?

  • Bill Cosby's Latest Sexual Assault Accusations

    Comedian and actor, Bill Cosby, is no stranger to the spotlight, but his recent media attention has not been favorable.

  • The Law of Self Defense

    Most Americans believe that they can legally use force to protect themselves in the event of an attack, or the threat of death or bodily injury by another. What most Americans donít realize is that the law of self defense is not always applicable as a defense.

  • Collateral Consequences Continue to Impact Individuals

    Everyone makes mistakes. Those of us who have made impulsive or uniformed decisions in our lives may have suffered severe consequences for them, such as being arrested or serving time in jail.

  • Differences Between Assault and Aggravated Assault

    Assault and aggravated assault charges in Florida differ based on a variety of factors, including if a deadly weapon was involved in the offense and who is the alleged victim. Assault generally is a misdemeanor with possible jail time, but aggravated assault is a felony offense with harsher penalties.

  • Accidental Shooting in New Jersey Involving Police Officer

    A 23 year old Pine Beach police officer has been suspended without pay, arrested for drunk driving, and could face criminal charges for a shooting incident that occurred shortly before 6:00 am on Friday, January 16, 2015 in Lacey Township, NJ. The Ocean County Prosecutorís Office is investigating the shooting and has indicated that the shooting may have been accidental.

  • Domestic Violence: A Heavy Accusation

    Domestic violence is a serious accusation and can have devastating effects on the life of those accused.

  • Domestic Violence Offenses in the Tampa Bay Area

    In Florida, domestic violence is defined as any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.

  • Violation of an Order of Protection in Arizona

    Arizona law includes punishments when someone violates an order of protection in the state. A judge will usually issue an order of protection or restraining order in response to a personís fear of possible harassment, assault or domestic violence. The defendant might not know that a person has requested an order until they are served with papers. Once the defendant receives the order, it is in effect for a full year.


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