2011 2a2_3



2.      ASSAULT

§2A2.3.     Minor Assault

(a)       Base Offense Level:

(1)       7, if the offense involved physical contact, or if a dangerous weapon (including a firearm) was possessed and its use was threatened; or

(2)       4, otherwise.

(b)      Specific Offense Characteristic

(1)       If (A) the victim sustained bodily injury, increase by 2 levels; or (B) the offense resulted in substantial bodily injury to an individual under the age of sixteen years, increase by 4 levels.

(c)       Cross Reference

(1)       If the conduct constituted aggravated assault, apply §2A2.2 (Aggravated Assault).


Statutory Provisions:  18 U.S.C. §§ 112, 115(a), 115(b)(1), 351(e), 1751(e), 2199, 2291. For additional statutory provision(s), see Appendix A (Statutory Index).

Application Notes:

1.      Definitions.—For purposes of this guideline:

"Bodily injury", "dangerous weapon", and "firearm" have the meaning given those terms in Application Note 1 of the Commentary to §1B1.1 (Application Instructions).

"Minor assault" means a misdemeanor assault, or a felonious assault not covered by §2A2.2 (Aggravated Assault).

"Substantial bodily injury" means "bodily injury which involves (A) a temporary but substantial disfigurement; or (B) a temporary but substantial loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member, organ, or mental faculty."  See 18 U.S.C. § 113(b)(1).

2.      Application of Subsection (b)(1).—Conduct that forms the basis for application of subsection (a)(1) also may form the basis for application of the enhancement in subsection (b)(1)(A) or (B).

Background:  Minor assault and battery are covered in this section.

Historical Note:  Effective November 1, 1987.  Amended effective October 15, 1988 (see Appendix C, amendment 64); November 1, 1989 (see Appendix C, amendments 87 and 88); November 1, 1995 (see Appendix C, amendment 510); November 1, 2004 (see Appendix C, amendment 663); November 1, 2007 (see Appendix C, amendment 699).