Assault, Battery & Aggravated Assault, a primer

A person can be charged with assault when he physically attacks another person, attempts to attack, or moves in a manner that intimidates another person into believing that he or she will be attacked. Traditionally, assault referred to the attempt at attack or the intimidation inspired in the victim, while battery referred to actual violence inflicted on another. Today, however, assault is generally used in both cases. In a majority of jurisdictions, cases of actual violence inflicted are referred to as “aggravated” assault, rather than battery.