Difference Between Assault And Battery

What is the difference between assault and battery?
Posted 1 year ago  | 
Criminal Defense
Criminal Defense

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Tanushree Sharma
Advocate
In some jurisdictions assault is defined as the threat of bodily harm that reasonably causes fear of harm in the victim while battery is the actual physical impact on another person. If the victim has not actually been touched, but only threatened (or someone attempted to touch them), then the crime is assault. If the victim has been touched in a painful, harmful, violent, or offensive way by the person committing the crime, this might be battery. Even a minor touching can qualify as battery providing it is painful, harmful, or offensive to the victim.