What is the Difference Between Assault and Battery?

Question: What is the Difference Between Assault and Battery?

Many people use these two words interchangeably and it’s really a common misconception. Sometimes it’s because of what area of the country they’re from or their common understanding but assault essentially is different from battery. Assault is the threat of violence with the ability to carry that out, whereas battery is the actual touching or striking of an individual against their will. So they really are different and that’s why we want to make sure people understand that.

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