Difference Between Simple Assault And Aggravated Assault

What is the difference between simple assault and aggravated assault?

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  • Sector-1, Noida
Simple assault or just assault encompasses minor injuries, touching, and threatening words or behavior. The alleged victim of the assault has to truly fear being hurt by the actions and words of the other person. Aggravated assault involves serious injuries or the addition of weapons into the equation. Even if someone aimed a gun at another person with no intention of pulling the trigger, that could be considered aggravated assault.

Answered on 28 Sep 2018


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  • Sector-1, Noida

As opposed to aggravated assault, a simple assault (also just assault) is any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury upon the person of another. What this means is, an assault may be committed without actually touching, striking, or doing bodily harm to the person of another. An intentional display of force that would give the other person reason to fear or expect bodily harm constitutes assault. For example, if an individual threatens another while holding up his or her fist, this is probably simple assault. However, if the assailant has a deadly weapon while threatening injury upon another, this would most likely elevate the charge to aggravated assault.

Answered on 28 Sep 2018


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