State Assault and Battery Laws

Assault and battery have typically been treated as separate, but related, crimes. However, in some states the definition for one or both of the crimes has changed over time, and in some places the two have been combined into a single offense. Please choose a state from the map or the list below for state-specific definitions and statutes for assault and battery, plus in depth overviews of select states' assault and battery offenses, penalties, and more.