What is Assault under Maryland Law?

Assault is the attempted touching of another person, without that person’s consent, and includes the act of placing someone in fear of an intentional touching. Battery is the unlawful and offensive touching of another person without that person’s consent.

Under Maryland law, an “Assault” encompasses the crimes of assaultbattery, and assault and battery.

In most cases, an assault is the result of a fight or other dispute that escalates to some level of violence. However, the person charged may not be the instigator, or may have acted in self defense. In many situations, if there is a mutual fight, the person who gets to the police first is the person not charged.

With such a serious matter and the risk of severe penalties, you really need an experience defense lawyer to fight for you in court.