CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON
Assault & Battery Defense
Assault and Battery in Virginia derive from common law. Furthermore, while there is not a statute which sets forth the elements of an assault or battery, there is case law which provides a clear definition.
- Assault – is “an attempt or offer, with force and violence, to do some bodily hurt to another” Parish v. Commonwealth, 56 Va. App. 324 (Va. App., 2010).
- Assault requires an overt act and thus words alone can never be sufficient to sustain a conviction.
- Battery – is the “willful or unlawful touching of another” Parish v. Commonwealth, 56 Va. App. 324 (Va. App., 2010).
- The victim does not necessarily need to be physically injured. A harmful or offensive touching will also constitute a battery.
Simple Assault is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, and a person convicted of simple assault can receive the following consequences:
These charges can have a serious affect on a life; therefore, representation by a criminal defense attorney is always recommended.
- Up to twelve (12) months in jail; AND/OR
- Up to a $2,500 fine.
VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter4/section18.2-57/
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