Assault is generally considered, in conversational speaking, to mean to lay hands on another person for the purpose of doing them bodily harm. Commonly understood, this means to punch, hit, slap, or perhaps push another person. We most likely think of a school-yard fight or a bar room brawl as examples of assault, outside of the more complex area of domestic violence. I would like to take the next few paragraphs to explain that assault can actually refer to far less aggressive acts, and at the same time have serious consequences for the accused. I will also discuss what to do if you have been arrested or charged with assault.

First, let’s go over the Arizona Revised Statute Title 13, Chapter 12. Specifically, Section 3 which deals with the crime commonly known as assault.

ARS 13-1203

A. A person commits assault by:

1. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person; or

2. Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury; or

3. Knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person.

B. Assault committed intentionally or knowingly pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 1 is a class 1 misdemeanor. Assault committed recklessly pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 1 or assault pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 2 is a class 2 misdemeanor. Assault committed pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 3 is a class 3 misdemeanor.

In case you have a hard time with legal jargon, let me break that down in layman’s terms. You commit assault (a misdemeanor) if you:

(1) Injure another person

(2) Place a person in fear of being injured

(3) Touch another person, specifically trying to hurt, insult, or provoke them (such as pushing someone to start a fight).

This is a far different understanding than most people have, and it has serious implications for those who don’t understand it. While most of us will go the majority of our adult lives never having a confrontation with another grown-up, sometimes we are placed into situations not of our own choosing. Should you have to escape from such a situation, or protect your family in one, you should be aware that of this statute. If you so much as lay a finger on a person who has not, as of yet, caused you injury then you may be charged with assault. ¬†Also, you can take the help of an assault lawyer in Arizona. He will better guide you in a right way.

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