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Q: Is pulling someone's hair considered assault?

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Sean Neahusan
Sean Neahusan
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Reno, NV
  • Licensed in Nevada

A: In Nevada, it would be a battery, not an assault.

An Assault as defined in NRS 200.471 as 1) unlawfully attempting to use physical force against another person, or 2) intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm.

Battery is defined in NRS 200.481 as any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.

Technically pulling someone's hair would be the use of force or violence upon the person of another and, if unlawful it would be considered a battery.

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