An assault occurs when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes physical injury to another person, threatens another person with imminent physical injury, or physically contacts another person in a way that is considered to be offensive. There are varying degrees of severity in regard to assault that depend upon how serious the injuries caused may be, the status of the victim (disabled, elderly, etc.), and the status of the person accused (public servant, etc.). There are also varying forms of assault, including but not limited to, sexual assault, aggravated assault, assault with bodily injury, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
It is important to realize that assault if a violent crime. A conviction of a violent crime will have life-long consequences, particularly when trying to find future employment or housing. If assault occurs between family members or members of the same household, it becomes a matter of family violence.