Assault

Definition

1.  Intentionally putting another person in reasonable apprehension of an imminent harmful or offensive contact.  No intent to cause physical injury needs to exist, and no physical injury needs to result.  So defined in tort law and the criminal statutes of some states.

2.  With the intent to cause physical injury, making another person reasonably apprehend an imminent harmful or offensive contact.  Essentially, an attempted [[wex:battery]].  So defined in the criminal statutes of some states.

3.  With the intent to cause physical injury, actually causing such injury to another person.  Essentially, the same as a [[wex:battery]].  So defined in the criminal statutes of some states, and so understood in popular usage.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Raess v. Doescher, 883 N.E.2d 790 (Ind. 2008).

See also