Assault & Battery cases can range from confrontations and domestic disputes to more serious offenses such as sexual battery or malicious wounding claims.
The most common type is a ‘simple assault.’
Though ‘simple’, it is a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, and punishable by up to 12 months in jail.
In Virginia, assault and battery involve two alleged actions:
- battery, when the defendant actually touches without consent; and
- assault, an overt or physical act intended to cause physical harm or place the victim in fear of bodily harm.