How serious of a crime is it when2 college roommates have an argument and1 punches the other in the mouth once?

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How serious of a crime is it when2 college roommates have an argument and1 punches the other in the mouth once?

There is no blood, and the roommate that was punched was not injured in anyway. If she decides to press charges? What type of punishment does the one that threw the punch deserve?

Asked on October 13, 2011 under Criminal Law, New York

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

From what you have described is the crime of assault and battery. The seriousness of the crime depends upon the degree of injury the parties sustained from a physical standpoint.

Whether or not law enforcement decides to press charges based upon the conduct that you have described is up to the invidual officer taking the report to decide and for the district attorney's office to decide if they want to actually file charges. The ultimate result depends upon how hard one of the parties involved in the incident wishes to push the matter as to a criminal proceeding.


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