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Assault & Battery

What is assault and battery?

Assault means placing someone in fear of unwanted touching. Battery means actually touching someone in a offensive manner. They are usually charged together, but they can be charged separately. 

What is the punishment for assault and battery?

Assault and Battery is a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. Class 1 misdemeanors carry 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.00. Receiving a fine in an assault case is rare. The most common punishment is jail time.

However, if the offense is your third offense and it's committed against a family or household member, you can be charged with a felony.

Do I need an attorney if I'm charged with Assault and Battery?

Because assault and battery is considered a violent offense, it's important to have an attorney represent you. There are many defenses available in Assault and Battery cases that an experienced attorney can help you develop.

Another reason you should have an attorney is many people do not realize what an assault is. Many people assume they know what an assault is, but they are often wrong. Assaults can be many different things and an attorney will be able to help you understand the case against you.

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