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What is assault?

Assault is simply attempted battery. If you attempt to injure someone and place that someone in apprehension of fear, you are guilty of assault. If you succeed in your actions, then you are also guilty of battery. In order to be guilty of assault, you must possess the intent to injure the other person. So if you point a toy gun at another and you know that the gun is not real, you are not guilty of assault.

What is aggravated assault?

Where a person commits assault with a dangerous weapon or acts with the intent to rape or murder the victim, the charges may be raised to aggravated assault.





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