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Assault and battery crimes are misdemeanors. They fall under MCL 750.81.
An assault can be either:
If the offender appears to have the ability to carry out the threat and the action reasonably causes a person to feel afraid of impending violence, the act is an assault.
A battery is:
The defenses available in assault and battery cases can vary widely depending on the facts and circumstances, mainly because such cases can range from the straight-forward to the extremely complex. However, operating under the assumption that the basic elements of an assault / battery exist in a case, the following are some possible defenses to assault and battery charges: Self-Defense, defense of others, defense of property, or consent.
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