Felony assault & battery laws and penalties
Violence and battery charges convictions of those trying for immigration petitions. Matter of Kim (BIA 2010). Even though contact is not generally necessary for an assault offense, a conviction for assault still requires a criminal “act”. Assault is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $750. It cannot vote or possess firearms and often have difficulty finding employment. Intent is a crucial part of proving assault, battery, and domestic violence charges. When domestic violence charges are misdemeanors, they carry up to 1 year in jail.