What is the difference between battery and assault?
A common question is, what is the difference between battery and assault? The simple answer in Pennsylvania is, there isn’t a difference. Generally speaking, in criminal law in the United States, a battery involves a touching. However, in Pennsylvania, with a simple assault or aggravated assault, the term battery is part of the elements of the crime. Where the issues comes up is finding a good lawyer. You need to find someone who knows the law and how to ask important questions. How do we define the elements that the government is trying to pursue? How do we basically determine whether or not the government can prove the elements of a crime? A good attorney breaks the case down.
What evidence does the government have? How can we attack the government? Can the government establish that they have enough evidence to proceed? We as a team at Ciccarelli Law Offices work with our clients to identify what the government’s case is and how we can fight back. We do that every day.
If you have been accused of either battery or assault, give us a call. We have a team of experienced criminal defense attorneys who are here to help.