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What Are the Penalties for Assault & Battery in Ohio?

Updated: April 18, 2024
Nicholas G. Gounaris
By Nicholas G. Gounaris

Nicholas G. Gounaris is a skilled trial lawyer and founding partner of Gounaris Abboud law firm. He provides clients of the firm with competent legal representation and focuses his law practice in the areas of DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Family Law Issues, Federal Criminal Law and Personal Injury cases.

What Are the Penalties for Assault & Battery in Ohio?

What Is The Difference Between Assault and Battery?

In the state of Ohio, assault and battery are two separate offenses that oftentimes go hand in hand.

Ohio assault laws define assault as the act of causing or attempting to cause harm to another person or unborn child, while battery involves negligently or intentionally causing bodily harm or offensive physical contact.

If you have been recently charged with an assault or battery charge and feel that there is more to the story that is not being heard, our experienced team wants to hear about it.

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Assault can either be considered simple, negligent, or aggravated.

While simple and negligent assault are charged as misdemeanors, aggravated assault can be a felony offense if committed against a protected party such as a police officer, firefighter, teacher, or another public servant.

Related: How to Defend Against Assault Charges

Ohio Assault Laws – Types of Assault Charges in Ohio

Simple Assault

Simple assault, oftentimes plainly referred to as just “assault,” is a first-degree misdemeanor offense in Ohio and can carry penalties of up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines.

Simple assault involves knowingly or recklessly causing harm to another person or their unborn child.

Under this definition, a person does not need to have the intent to harm in order to be found guilty.

Negligent Assault

A person can be charged with negligent assault in the event that a person should cause physical harm to another person through the negligent handling of a deadly weapon.

Negligent assault is a third-degree misdemeanor, carrying up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $500.

Negligent assault is oftentimes charged in relation to hunting accidents or accidental shootings.

Felony Assault

In serious cases where a person causes or attempts to harm another person with the use of a deadly weapon or firearm, they may be charged with felony assault – the most serious type of assault.

Felony Assault in Ohio Can Carry the Following Consequences

  • For a first-degree felony, up to eleven years in prison and fines up to $20,000;
  • For a first-degree felony committed against a police officer, up to eleven years in prison, fines up to $20,000, and a mandatory minimum sentence of at least three years in prison;
  • For a second-degree felony, up to eight years in prison and fines up to $15,000.

Similarly, aggravated assault is charged when a person commits an assault in a fit of rage after being provoked by the victim.

Aggravated assault is often charged as a fourth-degree felony, though it can be escalated to a second-degree felony if committed against a police officer.

A conviction of aggravated assault can carry up to six years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Is Pushing Someone Assault in Ohio?

Pushing associated with assault can vary from state to state.

Some states consider physical attacks an assault, which would include slapping or even slightly pushing or shoving another person.

This could be regarded as a simple assault.

Other states consider assault to be any sort of action that threatens another person, such as threatening to push or punch someone.

Under Ohio assault laws, pushing or shoving someone would be considered a simple assault.

Related: Case Results: Assault and Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed


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