Assault is cataloged as an intentional use of force or violence against another person such as punching or striking the victim with an object. Any crime that involves physical attack is usually classified as an assault and depending on the seriousness of the attack or the type of weapon used; these acts can rise to the level of aggravated assault. If you are located in Long Beach CA, and you are dealing with this type of offense, Angels Bail Bonds, http://angelsbailbonds.com/long-beach/,will help you to handle the difficultness of the situation.

Like any other types of crimes, assault can also be considered as a misdemeanor or as a felony offense

Simple assault: It is usually charged as a misdemeanor, is the least serious form of assault and involves minor injury or a limited threat of violence. A simple assault can also rise to the level of aggravated assault charge depending on the identity of the victim.
Aggravated assault: Implies circumstances that make the crime more severe, such as committing assault with a deadly weapon or results in serious injuries that require hospitalization or surgery.

Here there are some other examples of aggravated assault:

  • Striking or threatening to strike someone with a dangerous object or a weapon
  • Shooting someone else with a gun or threatening to kill someone while pointing the deadly weapon at the victim
  • Assault with the intent to commit other felonies offense such as rape or robbery
  • Assault against a member of a protected class such a healthcare provider, developmentally elderly or disable person and police officers
  • assault family violence

These are the different types of assault charges and the maximum punishment of them

Life maximum assault offenses

  • First-degree murder
  • Felony murder
  • Second-degree murder
  • Attempted murder

15 years maximum assault offenses

  • Assault against a pregnant woman causing the death of her unborn child
  • Child abuse first-degree
  • criminal sexual conduct second and third degree

Ten years maximum assault offenses

  • Assault with the intent to commit a felony
  • Assault against a pregnant woman causing great bodily harm to the fetus
  • Assault with the intent to cause major injuries to the victim

Five years maximum assault offenses

  • Assault with the intent to cause sexual contact
  • Assault against a utility worker causing severe impairment
  • Penalties for simple and aggravated assault

Simple assault is considered as a misdemeanor, and for that, the penalties for committing simple assault can range from six months to one year in jail and a maximum $4,000 fine. Also, misdemeanors defendants have the option of performing community service, participate in criminal education programs or being on house arrest avoiding jail time. However, aggravated assault is classified as a second-degree felony, which means you could face up to 20 years incarcerated and a maximum fine of $10,000.

The consequences for assault can range from jail time to probation, parole, fines and anger management programs. It is also important to avoid any contact with the victim after you have been charged with assault. You might work things out between the two of you, but that will only hurt your defense. This video explains the differences between battery and assault in case you were wondering if they meant the same thing.