708.1  Assault defined.

A person commits an assault when, without justification, the person does any of the following:

1.  Any act which is intended to cause pain or injury to, or which is intended to result in physical contact which will be insulting or offensive to another, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act.

2.  Any act which is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful, injurious, insulting, or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act.

3.  Intentionally points any firearm toward another, or displays in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon toward another.

Provided, that where the person doing any of the above enumerated acts, and such other person, are voluntary participants in a sport, social or other activity, not in itself criminal, and such act is a reasonably foreseeable incident of such sport or activity, and does not create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or breach of the peace, the act shall not be an assault.

Provided, that where the person doing any of the above enumerated acts is employed by a school district or accredited nonpublic school, or is an area education agency staff member who provides services to a school or school district, and intervenes in a fight or physical struggle, or other disruptive situation, that takes place in the presence of the employee or staff member performing employment duties in a school building, on school grounds, or at an official school function regardless of the location, the act shall not be an assault, whether the fight or physical struggle or other disruptive situation is between students or other individuals, if the degree and the force of the intervention is reasonably necessary to restore order and to protect the safety of those assembled.

Section History: Early form

  [C51, § 2594, 2597; R60, § 4217, 4220; C73, § 3875, 3878, 3879; C97, § 4771, 4774, 4775; S13, § 4771; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12929, 12930, 12934; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, § 694.1, 694.2, 694.6; C79, 81, § 708.1]

Section History: Recent form

  95 Acts, ch 191, § 49

Internal References

  Referred to in § 135.108, 232.52, 236.2, 282.4, 707.2, 708.2, 708.2A, 708.2C, 708.3, 708.3A, 708.3B, 709.11, 719.1, 724.8, 724.15, 907.3

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