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How are assault and battery different?

Many people think that assault and battery are the same actions, but this isn’t the case. They are two different matters that are usually lumped together in the criminal justice system. For people who are facing one of the charges, understanding how they’re different is important.

One of the most important things that you need to know is that battery involves contact but assault is a threat. It’s possible for a person to face an assault charge for simply threatening to beat someone up. There has to be a criminal element to the situation.

What happens when you face assault or battery charges?

Assault and battery charges are considered violent criminal matters. A conviction on one of these could lead to a person being unable to obtain certain employment. There’s also the matter of the social impacts of facing these charges.

There are several defense elements that you may have to consider for these charges. These include things like self-defense or temporary insanity. It’s best to think about what happened at the time of the incident. Discussing this with someone who’s familiar with these types of charges can help you to determine what’s in your best interests. Remember, your defense must be factual but how your defense presents those facts can have a direct impact on the outcome of the case.

Taking the time to review your options for a defense is important if you’re facing assault or battery charges. These are charges that can change the rest of your life, so you can’t waste time. Trying to wait until the last minute to start working on your strategy. 

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