Assault in the Second Degree Law & Legal Definition


Second degree assault may involve intentional or reckless serious physical injury to another person, or physical injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument. It may involve interfering with a police officer, emergency responder, or teacher, while performing their duties.

The following is an example of a state statute (Connecticut) on assault in the second degree:

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-60. A person is guilty of assault in the second degree when:

a. with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, he causes such injury to such person or to a third person;

b. with intent to cause physical injury to another person, he causes such injury to such person or to a third person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument other than by means of the discharge of a firearm;

c. he recklessly causes serious physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument;

d. for a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, he intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness or other physical impairment or injury to another person by administering to such person, without his consent, a drug, substance or preparation capable of producing the same; or

e. he is a parolee from a correctional institution and with intent to cause physical injury to an employee or member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, he causes physical injury to such employee or member.