Meaning of Terms.
You may have heard the phrase "assault and battery"
used interchagably with "assault" or "battery."
Techically, however, the words "assault" and "battery"
have very different meaning.
Crime of Assault
You may be guilty of "assault" if you cause another
person to feel the imminent threat of bodily harm and
contact. If, for example, a person takes a step toward
you and raises his hand, you might feel apprension of
getting struck. That apprehension is what may bring
about a charge for a technical assault.
A battery, on the other hand, usually refers to the
actual contact. In Pennsylvania, assault and battery
are merged together and punished as one crime,
meaning, you do not need to strike the "victim" to be
charged (and convicted) for assault, which is a serious
misdemeanor just like battery. That said, never every
form of physical contact (or threat of contact) will
warrant jail time or even long term probation. You need
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