What Is a Misdemeanor Battery Charge?

A misdemeanor battery charge is the illegal use of force that results in physical harm to another individual. This charge can also include objectionable touching.

In the court system, a misdemeanor battery charge is often referred to as simple battery. This charge is for offenses that do not include deadly weapons or violence against children.

A person who is charged with this crime can face up to 1 year in jail and numerous fines and court fees. This charge can be expunged after sentence completion in most states if it is the first criminal act of the defendant.

Aggravated assault is a more serious charge and is classified as a felony.