Assault is defined as the “Intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another; coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.” For instance if you threaten someone and make that person fear for their safety, you may be arrested charged with criminal assault.
Aggravated assault is the commission of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit a felony but without the intent to kill. Using a weapon in a threatening manner against another or using it in order to commit a felony can have you arrested for aggravated assault.
If convicted for assault allegations it means a 2nd degree misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 60 days imprisonment and up to $500 in fines. A person found guilty aggravated assault charges faces a 3rd degree felony, with penalties not to exceed 5 years in prison and payment up to $5,000 in fines.
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