Third degree assault is a type of criminal charge. 如果一个人故意或鲁莽行为对他人造成身体伤害，他可能会被指控这一罪行. The exact laws related to this charge vary, depending on the jurisdiction in which the crime is committed. 如果一个人因为自己的疏忽甚至意外伤害了别人，他可能会被指控这一罪行.
A person may be charged with assault if he physically attacks another party. 如果他只是威胁他人，只要他看起来有能力造成身体伤害，他甚至可能被指控侵犯他人. 许多司法管辖区都有有关威胁何时被视为人身攻击的法律. 在大多数情况下，受到威胁的受害者一定对立即受到攻击感到害怕.
了解引起对立即伤害的恐惧的威胁和不会造成即时伤害的威胁之间的区别, consider a person who threatens another with a shovel. 如果他手里拿着一把铲子告诉另一个人他要用铲子打他, that could be considered an immediate threat. 如果他说他要去找一把铲子，然后回来打那个人, 这可能不被认为是侵犯. In some places, it would still be considered a crime, however. It would just be a different type of crime.
在许多地方, assault in the third degree is classified as a misdemeanor, 哪个比一个更轻 重罪. In fact, in many jurisdictions, this is the only 袭击负责 这被认为是轻罪. 二、一级 侵指控 are often considered felonies and carry stiffer penalties.
Depending on the jurisdiction in which a person is charged with assault, third degree assault may be called an extraordinary risk crime. 这个名称, which means there is an extraordinary risk of harm, increases the penalty for those who are convicted. 例如, 在某些司法管辖区, 三级攻击是一种非常危险的犯罪，这一事实使轻罪的刑期增加了六个月.
通常，三级攻击指控是在没有明显身体伤害的犯罪中提出的. Such situations may occur as the result of minor altercations or domestic disputes. 例如, one spouse may accuse the other of hitting or pushing him. 即使没有割伤或瘀伤，他也可能会说，是撞击或推让他感到疼痛. This report of pain may be enough to warrant a third degree 袭击负责.