- 18.2-57: Any person who commits a simple assault or assault and battery shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor
What does assault and battery mean? Assault is an attempt or offer, with force and violence, to do some bodily hurt to another. Battery is the actual infliction of corporal hurt on another (i.e., the least touching of another’s person), willfully or in anger, whether by the party’s own hand, or by some means set in motion by him.
In Virginia, the crimes of assault and battery can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Assaults and batteries that can be charged as felonies include but are not limited to hate crimes, domestic violence, assaults against certain employees, batteries by prisoners, and malicious wounding.
Being convicted of assault and battery can result in time in jail, loss of gun rights, as well as a fine, and a criminal record. We regularly handle these cases in Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, and the Metro Richmond Area. If you are charged with a crime contact one of the lawyers at Jurach, Tacey & Quitiquit.