Assault

ASSAULT

An assault is committed when a person did an act that by its nature would directly and probably result in the application of force to the victim and the person did the act willfully and when the person acted, he or she was aware of facts that would lead a reasonable person to realize that his or her act by its nature would directly and probably result in the application of force to someone and when he or she acted, he or she had the present ability to apply force to the victim and the person did not act in self-defense or in defense of someone else. “Application of force” and “apply force” mean to touch in a harmful or offensive manner. The slightest touching can be enough if it is done in a rude or angry way. The touching does not have to cause pain or injury of any kind. The touching can be done indirectly by causing an object or someone else to touch the victim. The person does not have to actually touch the victim or does not have to intend to use force against the victim when he or she acted. An assault is a misdemeanor. A battery is committed when a person willfully and unlawfully touched the victim in a harmful or offensive manner and the person did not act in self-defense or in defense of someone else or while reasonably disciplining a child.
The slightest touching can be enough to commit a battery if it is done in a rude or angry way.   The touching does not have to cause pain or injury of any kind.
The touching can be done indirectly by causing an object or someone else to touch the other person.
A battery is a misdemeanor.