An assault occurs in one of two ways. First, where a person acts intending to cause harmful or offensive contact and the person assaulted reasonably believed the contact was imminent. For example, if someone tries to punch to and misses, even though no contact was made, the person acted with the purpose of causing harmful contact. The reasonable standard as stated above is applicable here as well. To reiterate, whether something is offensive is based on a reasonable person standard.
The second type occurs when the assaulter threatens the touch in a harmful or offensive manner which reasonably appeared to be carried out, and harm was done which was substantially caused by the assault.
Of course, the person assaulted cannot have consented to the act. If you were assaulted, call the police immediately. They will come out and do a report. If the assault already occurred, you can still file a police report. Please call us to find out how. The longer you wait, the harder it is to collect evidence such as witness statements and possible surveillance video.