Aggravated Assault

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated Assault

Simple assault usually involves minor injury or a limited threat of violence and is the least serious form of assault. Aggravated assault involves circumstances that make the crime more serious, as in the victim is threatened with or has experienced violence amounting to significantly more than a minor slap across the face or a punch in the jaw.

Examples of aggravated assault include:

  • striking or threatening to strike a person with a weapon or dangerous object
  • shooting a person with a gun or threatening to kill someone while pointing a gun at the victim
  • assault with the intent to commit another felony crime such as robbery or rape
  • assault resulting in serious physical injury
  • assault (threat of violence) while concealing one’s identity, and
  • assault against a member of a protected class, such as a police officer, healthcare provider, social services worker, or developmentally disabled or elderly person

Aggravated assault is typically a felony punishable by approximately one to twenty years in prison, depending on the specific provisions of each state’s sentencing statute or sentencing guidelines. The judge can exercise some discretion on the length of the sentence and whether to allow the defendant to serve any portion of the sentence.

Simple assault usually involves minor injury or a limited threat of violence and is the least serious form of assault. Aggravated assault involves circumstances that make the crime more serious, as in the victim is threatened with or has experienced violence amounting to significantly more than a minor slap across the face or a punch in the jaw.

Examples of aggravated assault include:

  • striking or threatening to strike a person with a weapon or dangerous object
  • shooting a person with a gun or threatening to kill someone while pointing a gun at the victim
  • assault with the intent to commit another felony crime such as robbery or rape
  • assault resulting in serious physical injury
  • assault (threat of violence) while concealing one’s identity, and
  • assault against a member of a protected class, such as a police officer, healthcare provider, social services worker, or developmentally disabled or elderly person.

Aggravated assault is typically a felony punishable by approximately one to twenty years in prison, depending on the specific provisions of each state’s sentencing statute or sentencing guidelines. The judge can exercise some discretion on the length of the sentence and whether to allow the defendant to serve any portion of the sentence.

Simple assault usually involves minor injury or a limited threat of violence and is the least serious form of assault. Aggravated assault involves circumstances that make the crime more serious, as in the victim is threatened with or has experienced violence amounting to significantly more than a minor slap across the face or a punch in the jaw.

Examples of aggravated assault include:

  • striking or threatening to strike a person with a weapon or dangerous object
  • shooting a person with a gun or threatening to kill someone while pointing a gun at the victim
  • assault with the intent to commit another felony crime such as robbery or rape
  • assault resulting in serious physical injury
  • assault (threat of violence) while concealing one’s identity
  • assault against a member of a protected class, such as a police officer, healthcare provider, social services worker, or developmentally disabled or elderly person

Aggravated assault is typically a felony punishable by approximately one to twenty years in prison, depending on the specific provisions of each state’s sentencing statute or sentencing guidelines. The judge can exercise some discretion on the length of the sentence and whether to allow the defendant to serve any portion of the sentence.

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