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ASSAULT
ASSAULT
Assault
Assault is a common crime and arises when a person injures someone else.  The level of crime is based on how serious the injury is and may also depend on whether the injury was caused with a dangerous instrument.  
It is important to note that a dangerous instrument does not have to be inherently dangerous and is merely an object that is used in a dangerous way and has the potential to inflict serious bodily harm.  A vehicle, a rock or even a champagne bottle in a bar fight can be dangerous instruments if they are used to hurt someone.  

First Degree Assault
This level of assault is the most serious and is charged as a Class B felony.  A person commits assault 1° by intentionally or knowingly causing serious bodily injury to another person.  

Hawaii First Degree Assault Statute

Second Degree Assault
You might be charged with assault 2° if you intentionally or recklessly cause substantial bodily injury to someone else or if you cause any bodily injury with a dangerous instrument.  Assault 2° is charged as a Class C felony.  

Hawaii Second Degree Assault Statute

Third Degree Assault
Assault 3° is a misdemeanor.  There are several circumstances when this crime might be charged.  Assault 3° typically arises when you intentionally cause bodily injury to someone else or if you hurt another person by doing something a reasonable person would not have done with a dangerous instrument.  

If this level of assault occurs in a fight where both people are fighting willingly, it is charged as a petty misdemeanor.