Assault is defined as engaging in conduct which places another person in “reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.” “Conduct” is the most important word in the definition of assault because it implies that words alone do not constitute an Assault. The words have to be coupled with action in order for an assault to occur.
For example, making a fist and chasing after someone while yelling “I’m going to kill you” is an Assault. But standing 30 feet away from someone and simply saying “I’m going to kill you” without any other action is not an assault.
Police routinely arrest people for assault even if one truly did not occur. That is why it is vital to hire an attorney who understands the law and can convince a judge or jury that you are Not Guilty of assault.
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