Types of Assault

Types of Assault

Many people are very conscious of their personal space. When this is invaded, you can feel uncomfortable and even violated. However, when this invasion turns into full assault, it can leave you physically and emotionally scarred. There are several types of assault that interfere with your safety and well-being.

Sometimes, this assault on your personal safety can come from someone close to you that you trust. Such is the case with domestic violence. Domestic abuse can come from a parent, sibling, or significant other. Often, domestic abuse is difficult to move past because you keep wanting to forgive and forget this person that you love.

Next, sexual assault is a violent act that can affect both men and women. In fact, an estimated 25% of all women will be subjected to sexual assault during their lifetimes. This battery can, like domestic abuse, come from someone close to you, or from a stranger. Besides putting a woman at risk for pregnancy, sexual assault on women can damage her future sexual drive and interest. Men, too, can suffer from mental struggles due to this violent act.

Aggravated assault is one that is made with a deadly weapon, such as a gun. Even if someone is holding a gun and threatens to shoot you unless you submit to rape, yet does not commit the actual crime, they can be charged with aggravated assault. On the other hand, simple assault is threatening to physically, sexually, or otherwise abuse a person without a deadly weapon. A club can count as a simple weapon rather than a deadly one.

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Another type of assault that is quite different from the ones detailed above is motor vehicle assault. In these types of cases, motor vehicles are considered to be dangerous and deadly weapons. You do not just have to try to run someone over with your vehicle to be charged with motor vehicle assault. Indeed, if you are driving recklessly with no regard for the safety of others around you, you can be ticketed and taken to jail because of motor vehicle assault.

One important thing to keep in mind is the difference between assault and battery. If you merely threaten a person with abuse, you can be charged with assault. On the other hand, you must actually commit physical violence against another person to be charged with battery.

If you or someone you know has been charged with one of these types of assault, you deserve a criminal defense attorney who will fight for you. For more information, contact a criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., today.