An assault is any intentional, unlawful threat to do bodily injury to another by force, under circumstances which create a well-founded fear of imminent peril, coupled with the apparent present ability to carry out the act if not prevented. Battery is the willful or intentional touching of a person against that person’s will.
Each state has its own laws and statuetes regarding assault and battery. In Michigan, assault and battery is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both. Depending upon a number of factors, assault and battery can also be charged as misdemeanor domestic violence or aggravated assault.
If you have been charge with assault and battery, you may face serious consequences, this is why it is important that you hire a qualified attorney familiar with this type of case. Assault and battery convictions may require probation, parole, imprisonment, anger management classes, fines, loss of rights and may remain on your record for life. In addition, you may be held civilly liable for injures and pain and even lost wages as well. The case, the circumstances, the defense and the state all play a roll in the outcome of an assault and battery case.
If you are charged with an assault and battery crime, there are many ways that an attorney can help you.