What’s the Difference Between Assault and Battery?

Assault generally involves the threat of force or physical harm to another person while battery requires actual physical contact against a person. In North Carolina, these crimes may lead to similar charges and punishments, depending on the specific facts of your case. Assault and Battery Charges Any simple assault or simple assault and battery is punished as a Class 2 misdemeanor in North Carolina. However, a number of factors can result in a more serious charge. If the assault and battery is committed against a sports official who is discharging their duties, the crime becomes a Class 1 misdemeanor. An assault becomes a Class A1 misdemeanor in the following cases: Serious injury is inflicted on the victim. The assailant uses a deadly weapon. The victim is female and the perpetrator is a male of at least 18 years of age. The victim is a State employee who is carrying out their official duties. Some assaults are treated as felonies. An aggravated assault against an individual…

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