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Assaultive Crime Definition

Assaultive crimes are offenses against another person that involve causing or threatening bodily harm or making offensive or harassing physical contact. A crime with an element of assault includes offenses such as assault, homicide, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder, manslaughter, assaults against pregnant women, stalking, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, unarmed robbery, terrorism, and violations involving bombs and explosives.

Common Questions

What is considered an assault?

Assault is generally defined as an intentional or knowing act that puts another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive contact.

What is considered an assaultive crime in Michigan?

All crimes are made up of parts called elements. An assaultive crime has an element requiring assaultive conduct.

What makes assault aggravated?

Typically an assault does not require physical contact or an injury. An assault is aggravated if the defendant inflicts serious or aggravated injury upon the victim without intending to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm less than murder.

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