If you’re talking to an assault lawyer, they will help you understand how simple assault differs from aggravated assault. In California, simple assault is considered a misdemeanor offense. Aggravated assault, on the other hand, maybe charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense.
While the term “assault” is often used in the phrase, “assault and battery,” assault and battery are two distinct offenses. Battery involves the actual use of violence against the victim while assault represents an attempt to use violence or physical force.
Aggravated assault is therefore more severe than simple assault as it typically involves using a deadly weapon, attempting to assault a person who is vulnerable or an attempt that leads to a serious injury.
You can further understand the differences in the following examples.
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