What is the Difference Between Assault and Battery?

assaultThe Differences in Assault and Battery

Assault and Battery (NRS 200.401, NRS 200.481)are two charges that are often used together, but they have different meanings. In Nevada, an assault is a threat to inflict harm, and battery is the actual physical contact. These charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies with severe penalties and time spent in prison.
The most serious charges of battery are when the defendant has used force against a protected member of the community such as a judge, health care worker, policeman or fireman. The penalty may be $10,000 in fines and 2-10 years in prison.

Here are other conditions that will make the punishments more severe.

a) If weapons or firearms were used in the alleged assault and battery.
b) If the assault and battery were part of the intent to commit another crime including grand larceny, sexual assault, homicide or robbery.
c) If the crime was committed by someone on probation, an inmate or parolee with the intention of inflicting substantial bodily harm to the victim.

If you have been charged in any of these crimes, it is important to seek legal counsel quickly. Potter Law Firm is a team of experienced criminal defense trial attorneys that have been practicing law in the Las Vegas Nevada area for over 25 years. Please call for a free consultation.