There are many reasons why someone would physically attack another person. Perhaps the individual is under the influence of drugs or liquor. Maybe they cannot control their fierce emotions, especially jealousy or rage. Their personality could be very combative ordinarily, so they automatically resort to using fists instead of words to fight.
You can probe a person’s background (such as their upbringing) and physiological characteristics to learn more about why they might be moved to hurt someone. Sometimes, a person’s history can yield valuable clues as to why they would commit a crime like assault.
Crimes may be committed for motives that fall into three broad categories: psychological, biological or sociological.
There can definitely be exceptions to any hypothetical theory. Unique circumstances could cause a person to become aggressive toward someone else just once in their entire life. A violent act could be wholly out of character and happen totally out of the blue.
Some possible underlying causes of crime
The psychological, biological or sociological impetus to commit crimes can originate, at least in part, from these sources.
Psychological – Someone’s troubled childhood may have set the stage for their later-in-life law-breaking behavior.
Biological – The area of the brain that controls rational thinking, the prefrontal cortex, could be faulty or not fully mature. Excess testosterone can also be a trigger for violent behavior.
Sociological – The household and neighborhood atmosphere someone is exposed to could incline them to commit criminal acts. Poverty, ill-health and a lack of emotional or family stability can also be factors.
Formulating your defense
If you are charged with assault, it’s possible that influences beyond your control may figure into your defense. The person representing you will most likely weigh the relevant contributing or extenuating factors.