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RULE STATEMENT EXERCISE 1- Student #- 100354

1. Intent- Intent is a very important component to determining if an act is criminal. The lack of intent can lighten charges, while the strong showing of intent can upgrade charges.

2. Battery- A battery occurs when someone makes unwanted contact with someone in an unlawful way. If a plaintiff can be found guilty of intent, offensive contact, and harm, a battery was committed. Damages can be collected.

3. Offensive Contact- Non-consensual or unlawful contact can be considered offensive. In order to be found guilty of such, one has to either commit or intend to make offensive contact.

4. Assault- Assault is the threat of committing a battery. If a defendant was in the act of committing a battery but never completed the act, just the threat of the action is considered an assault.

5. Apprehension- Apprehension is a mind state where an individual fears harm or offensive contact is unavoidable. Acting under apprehension is a defense for self-defense in assault and battery cases, as well as murder and manslaughter cases.

6. False Imprisonment- An intentional act of confining someone against their will while the plaintiff is aware of it or possibly injured. A plaintiff would need to prove that they were held against their will.

7. Trespass to Chattels- An intentional act by defendant which causes an interference with plaintiff's chattel. It has to be shown that defendant committed the act that caused the damage to the plaintiff’s chattel.

8. Conversion- A conversion is a more serious case of trespass to chattels. It is considered an intentional act by defendant which causes the destruction of or a serious and substantial interference with plaintiff's chattel.

9. Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress- An intentional act which causes the plaintiff extreme emotional distress such as that a reasonable person would suffer under the same circumstance. When recognized, intentional infliction of...