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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  • Personal Injury in Massachusetts from Assault
      by HG.org

    Assault cases in Massachusetts may lead to personal injury claims when the person sustained harm from the incident with the accused perpetrator. While assault and battery occur together in usual circumstances, sometimes injury through an event with assault is accidental or due to negligence rather than intentional harm.

  • Overview of Assault and Battery Laws in Georgia
      by HG.org

    Georgia assault and battery crimes include “simple” offenses along with “aggravated” offenses. These legal distinctions are very important regarding the nature of criminal charges against a defendant and the potential penalties that the defendant is facing.

  • Assault Charges against My Manager Resulted in Threat of Employee Termination. Is the Owner’s Threat also a Crime?
      by HG.org

    Any type of assault, discrimination or harassment in the workplace usually leads to either criminal or civil charges against the individual, even if he or she is a supervisor or manager. However, additional charges or damages may apply if he or she threatens retaliation for legal actions against him or her by the employee.

  • Could Missouri's New Expungement Law Help You Clean Up Your Criminal Record?

    Missouri Senate Bill 588 (also referred to as SB 588) goes into effect on January 1st of 2018. If you have been convicted of a crime, how may the passage of this bill affect you? Is it possible you could have your criminal record expunged or essentially erased?

  • Self Defense Principles Under Florida Law
      by HG.org

    In Florida, self-defense may be asserted as a defense when someone exerts force in a manner that would otherwise be considered unlawful. This defense may be asserted in cases involving physical violence, such as to refute claims of domestic violence, battery or murder.

  • Navigating Ezekiel Elliott’s Legal Plays

    Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys has been fighting a 6 game misconduct ban since the start of the football season. His legal moves have allowed him to delay his suspension but on October 12th, the NFL won a motion to reinstate the suspension. Since this leaves most of us navigating a fairly confusing legal struggle, here is what we understand so far about the suspension and whether it can be enforced.

  • Defending Assault Charges in Philadelphia

    Assault charges in Philadelphia are actually quite complex. The successful defense of any assault-related charge will be based upon the circumstances surrounding the assault, the premeditation or intent of the defendant as well as the presence or absence of “Serious Bodily Injury.”

  • Florida Criminal Law: Domestic Battery Violence
      by HG.org

    Domestic violence is a serious dynamic that happens in all states and crosses all racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines. It occurs when a person is in a certain relationship as defined under state law and inflicts certain physical harm or makes certain threats that rise to a criminal level.

  • Florida Criminal Law: Resisting an Officer Without Violence
      by HG.org

    In Florida, it is a crime to resist an officer who is carrying out a legal duty such as an arrest even if the resistance is not violent in nature. The elements for the crime can be complex and require a trained legal eye to respond to charges of this nature.

  • What's the Difference between Probation and Parole in Texas?

    The criminal justice system is confusing, and it’s easy for people to mix up words or use them interchangeably. “Probation” and “parole” are two legal terms that are often used incorrectly. While they share some similarities, they are definitely not the same. Here’s a look at the key difference between probation and parole in Texas.


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