The definition of assault in legal terms refers to the attempt to injure another person. In order for an assault conviction to happen, however, it does not require the person to actually commit a physical act of violence. Assault can also include threatening actions and even verbal threats of violence.
A charge of larceny means that the defendant has been accused of the unlawful taking of another party's property. Larceny, or theft, is a serious crime, and the punishments become more severe depending on how valuable the allegedly stolen item is.
Due to the nature of human relations, it's not uncommon for two people to fall into disagreement, and in extreme situations, those disagreements can lead to yelling and threats. Not all interactions like this, however, are the fault of one person; sometimes both are to blame. Furthermore, not all interactions like this should lead to criminal charges.
In one of our previous posts, we dove into some of the commonly used defense strategies to counter assault charges in New Jersey. Topping the list was self-defense, and as we noted at the time, one of the challenges of using it is that it shifts a burden of proof from the prosecution to the defense.
The meanings of words can change over time. When the term terroristic threat initially came into use in the legal system in New Jersey, it was generally associated with allegations of domestic violence. That's changed in the past 15 years, though. Now, charges of making terroristic threats can stem from many different actions and you don't necessarily have to be an adult to be accused.
It might not take much to trigger an arrest on a charge of battery in New Jersey. Throwing and landing a punch might be enough. The possibility of being charged with assault can take even less. All you have to do is make a verbal threat. If the person it's aimed at fears bodily harm, a charge of assault could follow.
Back in the day, the rules of etiquette required that if you got into a fight in the schoolyard and a teacher broke things up, you would shake hands with your rival. An apology might even be called for. Does that ever happen anymore?