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Assault occurs when one person intentionally causes another person to believe that he is in imminent danger of being the victim of harmful or offensive contact, in other words, the person must fear that he will be the victim of a battery. But no physical contact actually occurs.

What are the elements of an assault case?

A plaintiff must show two elements in an assault case:

  • Intentional conduct—simple fighting words are not enough
  • The conduct must place the plaintiff in apprehension of imminent harm

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What if a person intentionally threatens harm, but was acting in self-defense?

I am the victim of an assault:

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