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Is verbal assault a real charge?

I recently got into an altercation with another individual at a local grocery store parking lot. The individual cut me off, stealing my parking spot and almost side swiping my vehicle in the process. I know I can be a bit short tempered but this guy really rubbed me wrong. I ended up at this persons window before they were even out of their car. I called them everything i could think of, and looking back now, I got rather nasty with the person. In the end, all they said was they had my license plate number and would file "verbal assault" charges against me if I did not leave. I wasn't trying to get police involved in this so I backed off. Was there any weight to what they said? Is that a real charge?



    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    It is a real charges.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 6/20/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    If it is just words then no. If it is threats of physical violence with the apparent ability to act on it then the answer is yes.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 6/19/2013
    Jacob R. Lauser | Law Office of Jacob R. Lauser
    PO Box 6387
    Lancaster, PA 17607
    (717) 598-9706
    If a personal was in reasonable apprehension of physical contact (they reasonably thought you were going to attack them), then they could file a criminal charge for assault, whether you actually hit them or not, and they could also file a civil tort case for assault, but on their own, these sort of charges rarely fly; usually they are paired with other charges in a full attack. However, the police are becoming more vigilant with these sort of "rage" cases, because they often result in physical attack and battery, so I wouldn't recommend repeating this sort of behavior in the future. So, to answer your question, yes, there is an "assault" charge that can be brought against you for screaming and yelling at someone under the right circumstances which can extend to a civil complaint against you, though it is called simply "assault" and "battery" is with actual physical contact. Perhaps an anger management course might help you deal with your frustrations and to avoid this sort of liability in the future. The courts often recommend them anyway, just as a means of helping to stay out of these situations entirely.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania - Replied: 6/19/2013
    Kevin H Pate | Kevin H Pate
    P.O. Box 337
    Norman, OK 73070-0337
    (405) 928-3398
    An assault is placing someone in fear of harm. Physical harm is, at minimum, a battery. Yes, you can assault someone without also committing a battery.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma - Replied: 6/19/2013
    John F Brennan | Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    24001 Greater Mack
    St Clair Shores, MI 48080
    (586) 778-0900
    It is possible under the described circumstances that you could be charged with assault.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 6/19/2013
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