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One need not touch another to be charged with assault

People in Prescott Valley sometimes get into arguments. Family members may argue with each other, or a person could get into an argument with a stranger. Most of the time, despite angry words and hurt feelings, people are able to resolve their arguments. However, sometimes these arguments escalate and threats are made, even if a person does not mean to follow through with the threat. People may understand that hurting another person could be considered a crime, but, when it comes to assault, a person need not even lay a finger on another to be charged with this crime.

Under Arizona Statutes, if a person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly injures someone else, this constitutes the crime of assault. In addition, if a person knowingly touches someone else with the intention of injuring that person, insulting that person or provoking that person, this also constitutes the crime of assault.

However, even if a person never touches another but still places that person in reasonable apprehension that they will be physically injured, this also constitutes the crime of assault. Therefore, if it is reasonable for a person to fear that they will be physically harmed by another person, the instigator could be charged with assault.

So, as this shows, it isn't even necessary to touch someone to commit the crime of assault in some circumstances. Of course, what constitutes "reasonable apprehension" may be challenged. What is reasonable to one person may not be reasonable to another person. If a person in Arizona is charged with assault, developing a strong defensive strategy could prove to be key to prevailing against the charges they face.

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