What are the differences between assault and battery?

People without legal training often assume that battery and assault are the same crimes. However, although there are similarities between these two charges, there are also several key differences. Assault is the threat of violence against another person, while battery is the act of carrying out actual violence against a person. In other words, assault can happen without battery, but battery cannot happen without assault. The penalties for assault and battery are also quite different for those convicted of these crimes.

If you or someone you know is facing charges of assault or battery, you should contact the qualified attorneys of Alexander & Associates at (972) 420-6560 today. We can help you prepare a defense so that your charges may be reduced or even removed entirely.