Aggravated Assault Essay

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The reason why I chose aggravated assault is because I didn’t know very much about the subject; so I decided that maybe it would be a great time to educate myself by researching and writing an essay about it.

Aggravated Assault
“A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he or she attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another or causes such injury purposely, knowingly, or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life; or attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon. In all jurisdictions statutes punish such aggravated assaults as assault with intent to murder (or rob or kill or rape) and assault with a dangerous (or deadly) weapon more severely than "simple" assaults.”
Mens Rea and Actus Reas
Actus Reas is the Latin term for “guilty act”. The actus reas of a common assault is committed when one person causes another to apprehend or fear that force is about to be used to cause some degree of personal contact and possible injury.
Mens rea is Latin for "guilty mind". The mens rea of common assault is when the individual has already thought or planned out the action and proceeds with the plan.


The main elements of assault would be an act intended to cause an apprehension of harmful or offensive contact that causes apprehension of such contact in the victim. The act for assault must be overt and direct. Words alone are insufficient, however if the words are part of a threat that influences the assault. A threat alone is not an aggravated assault, although if the threat is combined with a weapon or fist- it can become sufficient enough to constitute aggravated assault.
Burden Of Proof

Burden of Proof- A duty placed upo...

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...s sons fled the home and immediately called 911. Alexander stayed in the home and never called 911.
Many of Alexander’s defenders correctly note that Gray had a long history of abusing Alexander and multiple other women. He had previously been charged with domestic battery on at least three separate occasions, including charges in 1994, 2006, and 2009. The 2009 incident against Alexander sent her to the hospital after he shoved her into a bathtub. (Sean )

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