Category: Assault & Battery

Assault is a serious criminal offense that can be punishable by jail time and will leave offenders with a criminal record of violent crime.

In North Carolina, there are three general types of assault charges, including assault, assault and battery, and affray. Aggravating factors, such as the involvement of a weapon or causing the victim serious bodily injury, can lead to enhanced sentencing and penalties.

Below, we are going to review the different types of assault that are covered by North Carolina law, and the criminal penalties you could incur if convicted.

Assault

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Even though North Carolina lawmakers define assault differently from assault and battery, they are charged the same way. Below, we will describe the difference between the two, along with the penalties for these charges, and defenses that can be used to fight back against them.

Assault in North Carolina

Under North Carolina law, a charge of assault applies when an attempt is made to commit assault and battery, or an offender uses a show of force to demonstrate that assault and battery is imminent. In other words, assault is essentially threatening to use [...]