Legal definition of battery
Felonies Legal Terminology

battery

1
The willful and unlawful touching or striking of one person by another, with the intention to harm.
Common examples: John and Kate had an argument; John punches Kate with his fist. John just committed battery

James and his friends have a conversation at a subway station. One of his friends made an unpleasant comment about James’ pants. James beat up his friend with his backpack. James is guilty of battery.

The major difference between assault and battery is that an assault does not require an actual physical contact with another person, while battery requires actual touching to occur.

Different jurisdictions have different degrees of assault and battery crimes.
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