Legal Question in Criminal Law in Illinois

physical assault?

is spitting on someone physical assault?

Asked on 5/23/08, 11:02 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Zedrick Braden III Ainsworth & Associates PC

Re: physical assault?

Hello. Spitting is indeed a physical assault. In fact, any offensive touching or action which causes

offensive contact with another is physical assault.

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Answered on 5/24/08, 8:00 am

David Shestokas Shestokas, & Associates

Re: physical assault?

Actually, more accurately, it is a Class A misdemeanor which has a possible penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2500. Assault is a legal term of art indicating that someone is being threatened with unwelcome contact, and battery is the actual unpermitted touching. If you have specific details that you would like to discuss further, then please visit We will be happy to answer any further question you may have.

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Answered on 5/24/08, 2:51 pm

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