Assault With Intent to Kill Law & Legal Definition


Assault with intent to kill is a criminal offense. Under some jurisdictions, it constitute a felony; a great, aggravated, or serious misdemeanor in others, and a mere misdemeanor in still other jurisdictions.

The following is an example of a case law referring to assault with intent to kill:

“To make an assault with intent to kill, does not require it to be murder if death had ensued, for if in such case it would be manslaughter, the same act, if death did not ensue, would be an assault with intent to kill.” [Ex parte Brown, 40 F. 81, 83 (C.C.D. Ark. 1889)].