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It's never okay for a person to put their hands on you without consent. An unwanted touching, even if no serious injury occurred, can still be seen as a criminal act. In New York, that could be considered a 3rd degree assault.
Assault in the 3rd degree is a misdemeanor charge. It applies when the situation results in physical injury to someone else but that injury isn’t enough to qualify for a more serious assault offense.
A person can face this charge if the prosecution believes they:
1. Intended to cause injury to another person and did,
2. Recklessly caused injury to another person, or
3. Negligently caused injury with the use of a deadly weapon or instrument
Note that injury doesn't have to be severe to meet the definition of an assault. A bruise, a bump, a scratch, a red mark, etc., can all be considered an assault.
That said, a victim cannot "press charges." Only the government, through the prosecutor's office, can do that. Since a police report was taken, normally what would happen next is that after any investigation is completed, the file is forwarded to the local prosecutor's office and reviewed, and a final determination made if charges should be filed.
A person can also be sued civilly for an assault if there were injuries that occurred.
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