Types of Crime: Assault

Sarah Davis

Definition of Assault

A persons intent to cause physical harm to another person, and actually causing that harm.

NH's laws regarding Assault

I. A person is guilty of simple assault if he:
(a) Purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury or unprivileged physical contact to another; or
(b) Recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
(c) Negligently causes bodily injury to another by means of a deadly weapon.
II. Simple assault is a misdemeanor unless committed in a fight entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a violation.

This is saying that inorder for a person to be convicted of an assault they have to have knowing and purposely caused harm to another person.

citation: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LXII/631/631-2-a.htm

Examples In the News

A woman in keene is being charged with first degree assault for throwing a baby and causing serious injury to the child. She was arrested aril 30 and the child was 6 months at the time of the incident.