An assault is an offense that happens when a person intentionally puts another person in a status of fear. It is an attempt or threat to strike a person physically regardless of contact for as long as there is an awareness of the victim on the danger that is involved.
If you are the victim or the culprit of an assault, you need to get an assault lawyer to handle your case. A specialized assault lawyer is an expert in handling assault cases as he or she has already good experience of handling assault cases.
Types of assault
- Felonious assault
Felonious assault is an attempted or an unlawful attack done through violence or force that injures another person using weapons. Even if there is no injury on the victim, an attack is considered felonious if the offender uses a weapon.
- Physical assault
This type of assault causes grave harm to the body such as before a murder is committed.
- Simple assault
This occurs without the use of a weapon causing only minor injuries to the victim.
- Aggravated assault
This type of assault uses a weapon, or an increased force is present.
- Sexual assault
This involves force without the victim’s consent or against the victim’s will that results inrape, sodomy, molestation, or of the same sexual offense.
- Verbal assault
This type of assault is non-physical which results in a mental, psychological, or emotional injury suffered by the victim.
Criminal assault consequences
The penalties of assault crimes and offenses range from imprisonment on the extreme to parole, probation, inhibition to carry weapons, fines, or the extreme opposite, a program on anger management. The penalties, sanctions, and punishments vary, though in other jurisdictions. The factors and variables that impact the penalties of the crime are the historical records of the culprit if there have been similar crimes committed in the past before conviction, the status of the existing parole, and status of the present probation.
Assaults are usually committed by people who have rifts with other people, those who are under the influence of drugs and liquor and other situations that could provoke the commission of the crime.