Assault Charges Glossary

Correctional Employee: an employee of a public or private prison, jail, or workhouse.

Deadly Force: force which the actor uses with the purpose of causing, or which the actor should reasonably know, creates a substantial risk of causing, death or great bodily harm. The intentional discharge of a firearm, other than a firearm loaded with less lethal munitions and used by a peace officer within the scope of official duties, in the direction of another person, or at a vehicle in which another person is believed to be, constitutes deadly force.

Family or Household Member: spouses and former spouses, parents and children, persons related by blood, persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past, persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been marries or have lived together at any time, a man and woman if the woman is pregnant and the man is alleged to be the father, regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time, and persons involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship.

Less Lethal Munitions: projectiles which are designed to stun, temporarily incapacitate, or cause temporary discomfort to a person.

Peace Officer: any of the following: wetted explosives, self-reactive materials that are liable to undergo heat-producing decomposition, or readily combustible solids that may cause a fire through friction or that have a rapid burning rate as determined by specific flammability tests.

Multiple Unit Residential Building: a building containing two or more apartments

Public Building: a building such a hotel, hospital, motel, dormitory, sanitarium, nursing home, theater, stadium, gymnasium, amusement park building, school or other building used for educational purposes, museum, restaurant, bar, correctional institution, place of worship, or other building of public assembly.