Assault (in criminal law) (Ro.: act de violenţă, Fr.: voie(s) de fait, n.f., Gr.: επίθεση , Cz.: napadení, Alb.: goditja) (See also: act of hostility, aggressive action, attack, battery, onslaught, tort) = an intentional act carried out by one person, by means of threats, or physical violence, in order to injure or harm another person.
An assault is less intense than battery (which refers to the actual physical action of harming someone), but it causes reasonable ground to believe that an individual has the means to accomplish the purpose of harming another person.
An assault does not necessarily precede battery, and battery can be committed without an assault.
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By Ruxandra Popescu