Questions tagged [assault]

The crime of creating apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive physical contact with another human. "Battery" is the crime of completing such contact.

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Can Person 2 press charges?

Person 1 harasses Person 2 for three days. Person 2 dumps Person 1's personal belongings onto floor. Person 1 attacks Person 2 with wrestling, hair pulling, hitting and kicking. Person 2 responds, ...
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Is it illegal to encourage someone to fight you?

If someone pisses you off, can it be illegal to tell them to fight you?
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Dodging police bullet illegal?

Would dodging, or otherwise itentionally avoiding, being shot by the police be considered resisting arrest? Mainly regarding U.S. law, but interested if any other law adresses this.
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Legal definition of assault?

In Massachusetts, penalties are established for "assault" upon a person, but apparently there is no definition of "assault". So, what constitutes an assault could apparently be open to interpretation. ...
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Assault in an airplane aisle

Consider the following scenario: A, B, and C are passengers on a single-aisle commercial airplane that is disembarking in New York. A is blocking B from passing. A makes way for C to pass, but C ...
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Does anyone know if this counts as assault?

I saw this YouTube video where a reporter tries to follow a man into his business. The man punches the reporter in the face. Does anyone know if this was ever taken to court? If not, would it likely ...
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Differences in assault

This morning, on Law Stack exchange there was an item by someone which included the following comment: A police officer detains you by issuing a command of some sort. For example, "Stop, stay ...
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Is defending someone being physically attacked self-defence or assault?

Suppose one day a vicious attacker (let's call him Thug) assaults Emily in the street. A bystander (let's call him Paul) rushes to Emily's aid, attacking Thug in her defense. After a few minutes, Thug ...
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Why can security guards/bar bouncers physically remove a person and it's not considered battery?

This is a follow up to this question about when someone can use force on another person. Are security guards or bouncers, such as at a concert or night club, given special privileges since they work ...
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Are there situations where it is legal to threaten someone with a gun but not legal to fire the gun?

One of the essential rules of firearm safety is to never point a gun at anything or anyone you do not intend to shoot. It also seems to be a consensus that whenever it wouldn't be lawful to shoot ...
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Under what circumstances is it OK to intentionally drive at people?

If a civilian is driving a car towards a person who is a police officer, that is historically sufficient justification for the officer to apply the instant death penalty against the driver. Even if a ...
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How is a bicyclist regarded in a road rage incident with a bus?

I was on a bicycle. A bus was tailgating me and honking his horn. When we stopped at light I twisted his mirror around. Did I commit any crimes? Driver was trying to scare me or he was just a ...
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Did Zoey Tur assault Ben Shapiro?

Alleged Facts On this video (at time marker 5:32-5:36), Ben Shapiro alleges Zoey Tur committed the crime/s (and/or tort/s) of assault and/or battery against Shapiro. (I believe) the incident occurred ...
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Is it an offense to attack someone with a toy water pistol?

If someone started yelling and swearing at you on the bus can you pull a water gum and spray water in their face? or maybe do it with a bottle of water. Would you get arrested for that?
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If a fight escalates, do both parties get charged with assault?

Many fights start out benign but evolve into something more dangerous. For example someone responds to a shove with a punch to the gut, and he responds with a punch to the fight, and it escalates. ...
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Terms of Self Defence in public place in UK (England)?

I have question about when self-defence applies and charges are not put on a person who was hit, in English Law, in two scenarios: Let's say John and Jane have a discussion which gets heated but no ...
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Would a police do anything if someone is provoking a fight?

I'm not looking for legal advice from a lawyer. I'm living in a shared house with a bunch of young people and one is trying to provoke a fight with me. After getting in my face and trying to ...
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Outside of regular self defence, when is fighting legal?

I know this is a weird question. I'm curious as to what counts as assault, in the sense a person would be likely found guilty of it in court. Generally assault is considered fighting someone who did ...
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Can physical force be used to protect your property?

When can physical force be used outside of personal self defense? If you see someone repeatedly kicking your car can you chase him away? Say someone is at your door step and pushes past you inside, ...
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How did they get away with making films like Bumfights?

How did the founders of Bumfights and Indecline videos get away without being charged? They literally make money from their website which shows videos of them instigating fights and doing graffiti. ...
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When can someone who's not a police officer use physical force?

When can a civilian use physical force on someone? Are there any other times besides in self defence? Is it legal to use physical force in the event of an emergency, for example if you shove someone ...
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Obtaining the identity of a person who committed assault and is attempting to flee?

This did not happen to me, but to a family friend who works as a waiter. I'm researching, should I fall into a similar situation: A customer and the waiter get in an argument, to which the customer ...
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If my spouse gets arrested for domestic violence but I do not press charges, will that still be on his record?

First time I've ever called the authorities on my husband for Domestic Violence. He was arrested, however, I didn't press any charges, will it still be on his record?
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Can a football player be prosecuted for tackling a fan?

A hypothetical scenario: An athletic event is being played in the U.S. (Let's say it's American football). A fan runs onto the field and disrupts the game. A player performs a rough, aggressive "...
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Arizona form to allow victim to speak to defendent

Upon an accidental argument/fight in which the husband is being told of assault for pretrial and if the wife which is the victim is wanting to talk to the husband (defendant) then the victim should ...
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What qualifies as “violent” and “assault”?

I was reading the following news: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150719/local/update-3-veteran-actor-john-suda-charged-with-violent-indecent-assault.577272 Essentially a person is being ...

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