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An assault is the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon a person or, in some specific legal definitions, a threat or attempt to commit such an action. It is both a
Legal systems generally acknowledge that assaults can vary greatly in severity. In the
In jurisdictions that make a distinction between the two, assault usually accompanies
Aggravated assault can also be charged in cases of attempted harm against police officers or other public servants.