The minimum sentence for simple assault is six months in jail, states NOLO. Assault is a violent crime that is charged as a misdemeanor in most cases.
Because of the misdemeanor label, someone who is convicted of committing assault may have the option of doing community service, participating in counseling or receiving probation instead of serving jail time, reports NOLO.
There are varying degrees of assault. Simple assault is the least serious, according to NOLO. Simple assault involves a person causing minor injury to another person using a minimal degree of force. Aggravated assault is a more serious form of assault that involves the use of deadly force to inflict serious bodily harm to another person.