The term “crimes against the person” refers to a broad array of criminal offenses which usually involve bodily harm, the threat of bodily harm, or other actions committed against the will of an individual. Those involving bodily harm (or the threat thereof) include assault, battery, and domestic violence. Additionally, offenses such as harassment, kidnapping, and stalking also are considered crimes against the person. This section contains several articles covering the basics of such crimes, including definitions and sentencing guidelines. See the Assault, Battery and Intentional Torts subsection in FindLaw's Accidents and Injuries section to learn more about how to file a civil lawsuit for assault and/or battery.
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