Assault is a form of criminal violence against another person. Assault is considered a misdemeanor and aggravated assault is a felony. When a person is threatened with an attack, it is called assault, and if a person is actually attacked, it becomes battery. The main element of an assault is an attempt to cause bodily injury to another person knowingly or recklessly. Damages to be awarded to the victim are determined by the jury and may be of the following types: compensatory damages, nominal damages, and punitive damages.