Assault can be either a Category B or Category D felony, depending on the circumstances. It is punishable by up to six years in prison, and a fine of up to $5,000; restitution to the victim may sometimes be ordered as well.
To prove assault, the act in question must have been threatening enough that a reasonable person would have deduced that he or she was in danger. As such, it is often possible to provide an explanation for one’s actions that would convince the jury that the victim actually had no reason to fear. Possible defenses should be discussed with an attorney shortly after an arrest is made.