Here you will find in-depth information about assault and battery laws, including a broad overview of what assault and battery entails, state specific assault laws, and common questions and answers related to violent crimes.
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In the federal criminal system, an assault is an attempt to hit another person or an act that causes someone to reasonably expect impending harm. Throwing a punch is a typical example. So is intentionally pointing a gun at someone. An assault requires neither harm nor physical contact—the crime is
As any mail carrier can attest, aggressive dogs can be hazardous. Most courts would agree, as there is a trend in judicial findings that, depending on the circumstances, dogs can be every bit as dangerous as guns and knives.
These days, air travel rarely brings out the best in anyone. But hitting, threatening, or interfering with a crewmember working on an airplane violates federal law and can result in a felony conviction. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can also impose substantial fines.
The use of a deadly or lethal weapon during the commission of a crime is often an aggravating circumstance that can increase punishment. Can your bare hands, feet, or teeth be considered deadly or lethal weapons?