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Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 13A.  The crime of assault may be committed in either of two ways.

1. Attempting to or threatening  to inflict bodily injury on someone.  This is an attempt to commit battery.  To be convicted of this type of assault, the state must prove you intended to hurt someone and you had the ability to do so, lastly, the “victim” must have had actual fear of this harm.

2. Placing someone in fear of an immediate bodily injury. Here, the offender intends to scare the victim.  For a conviction, the state must prove your conduct caused fear of immediate bodily harm, you intended that fear and lastly, the victim’s fear was reasonable.