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Understanding how the law defines these two distinctions may make it easier to understand the charges you might be facing.
Assault doesn’t have to involve any physical contact and can merely involve putting someone in fear of physical contact. A threat is considered an assault.
Battery, alternatively, involves unwanted touching that results in bodily harm or is offensive to a reasonable sense of dignity. Whether it is a shove, kick, punch, or even a finger poking the chest in an instigating manner, all of these could be considered battery.
Rhode Island Attorney Susan T. Perkins is well versed in the differences and distinctions between the two and has defended many clients who faced these charges with victory. Call the office today for a free consultation to explore your options.
§ 11-5-2.2 Battery – Criminal negligence. – (a) When serious bodily injury, as defined in § 11-5-2, of any person, occurs as a proximate result of criminal negligence, the person committing the criminal negligence shall be guilty of battery and shall be deemed to have committed a felony and shall be imprisoned not exceeding ten (10) years or fined not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or both.
No matter what caused the altercation that led to your arrest and assault charge, it is important that you treat these charges seriously. Potential jail time and significant fines are on the line. Also, the offense will remain on your record, serving as an obstacle for your future.
If you or someone you know has been charged with Assault or Battery call Rhode Island Assault Attorney Susan T. Perkins today at 401-737-5467 for a FREE consultation.