THE DEFINITION OF SIMPLE ASSAULT IN TENNESSEE:
In Tennessee, Simple Assault is a defined as when a person:
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
- Intentionally or knowingly causes another to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury; or
- Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another and a reasonable person would regard the contact as extremely offensive or provocative.
As the definition above shows, there are several ways that someone may be charged with Simple Assault in Tennessee. However, Simple Assault charges are rarely straightforward. Often, Simple Assault charges in Tennessee are complicated by the facts that led to the alleged assault, involve witnesses that are biased, and are clouded by the emotions surrounding the alleged assault.
That is why you should have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side who knows the law and how to use it to your advantage, who can tell your story effectively and challenge the evidence or witnesses against you, and who can provide you with reliable advice as you navigate the criminal justice system together.