Simple assault in Tennessee is a misdemeanor. It can be accomplished by two ways. One, that you assaulted someone. It's even so simple as grabbing arms and shaking them, or it could be a punch or a slap.
There is another type of simple assault. It is a class B misdemeanor, which is less punishment than a class A misdemeanor. The assault, where there's actual touching and bodily injury, that's a class A misdemeanor.
Class B, provocative conduct, is "I'm going to kill you" or "I'm going to punch you", and it's the close imminent harm or threat of fear.
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