Assault and battery are less serious offences that GBH and ABH and the maximum sentence is 6 months imprisonment. Community orders and fines are alternative sentences that are usually given to cases that did not cause serious injury and when the offender has no previous criminal convictions.
A battery is the use of unlawful force. One may be accused of this should they push, slap, punch or spit on another person.
An assault does not need physical contact to take place for a defendant to be found guilty. Should you make another person feel threated due to your actions, e.g, running fingers across your throat or raising fists, you can be charged with assault.