What Is the Difference Between Assault and Battery?
Battery applies when physical force is actually used against another individual. For instance, battery involves not just raising a hand to strike someone, but actually hitting them.
Assault and battery may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. A number of factors go into the decision of how these crimes will be charged. When battery is committed, but no permanent injuries result and a deadly weapon was not used, the charge may be misdemeanor battery. However, use of a deadly weapon or the presence of significant physical harm may mean felony charges and stiffer penalties.
If you have been charged with assault, battery or both, contact a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney to discover whether or not your charges may be reduced.