Unlike a battery, an assault in the State of Illinois does not require harm. As a matter of fact, it does not even require a touching. Pursuant to 720 ILCS 5/12-1, a person commits assault when he places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery without justification. This essentially means, if you make someone reasonable believe that you could harm them unlawfully, it is an assault. Assault is a class C misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $1,500. While this is not as serious as battery charges, a conviction on an assault charge can lead to mandatory community service ranging from 30 to 120 hours. Assault can be enhanced from a class C misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor, as well as class 4 and class 3 felonies depending on the circumstances.
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