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What Is Assault & Battery?
In Kentucky, assault and battery isn’t a singular crime; rather, it can describe two offenses that may be charged together.
According to state law, assault requires the unwanted touching of another person that causes physical injury or is intended to cause such injury. Assault may be intentional when it was committed on purpose, wanton when it occurred despite knowing the risks, or reckless when it occurred when someone should have known the risks but didn’t.
Battery is a type of assault that requires intentional and non-consensual contact with another person’s body when that contact is harmful or offensive. Physical injury is not necessary for a battery charge.
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Kentucky recognizes four degrees of assault. The severity of any specific charge will take into account the circumstances of the allegations as they relate to the elements of assault described above.
Fourth-degree assault is the least serious of these crimes. Charged as a Class A misdemeanor, a conviction can result with a yearlong jail sentence.
Third-degree assault involves causing physical injury to an agent of the government, such as a police officer, with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. Charged as a Class D felony, this crime is punishable with up to five years in prison.
A charge of second-degree assault may occur when someone is accused of intentionally causing serious physical injury, does so with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or does so wantonly with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. This offense is charged as a Class C felony and is punishable with up to 10 years in prison.
The most serious assault charge is first-degree assault. This charge applies when someone is accused of intentionally causing serious injury to someone else with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. It may also apply in cases where the defendant is accused of extreme indifference toward the value of human life.
First-degree assault is a Class B felony and may carry a sentence of 10-20 years in prison if convicted.
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