v. an assault is any unlawful attempt or offer with force or violence to do a corporal hurt to another, whether from malice or wantonness. This could be actual harm or intention of harm or both. Say if someone has an ability and an intention of actual violence against a person, then any threatening action by him is considered assault., without him actually hurting the second person. Assaults could be, 1.) simple assault where there is no intention to do any other injury and any harm is becuase of accident or carelessness, or 2.) an aggravated assault where the ability and intention to hurt the other person are both present; thereby making aggravated assault a criminal offence.