Assault and Battery is a crime greatly misunderstood by the general public, since most consider the two to be synonymous terms. However, Assault and Battery are actually two separate crimes often paired together in the US. For example, Assault is considered to be one person causing another to be apprehensive of harmful or offensive contact from that person, while Battery includes the use of force by one person or multiple peoples. Thus, since “offensive” contact can also constitute battery, there is a great deal of room for accusations to fly and intentions to be misinterpreted.
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