§ 18.2-57. Assault and battery; penalty.
Class 1 Misdemeanor – a jail term of not less than 12 months and/or a fine of up to $2,500
Under this code section an assault can be verbal and requiring no contact. Physical assaults can be either by using a weapon, spitting on someone or physically assaulting the other person.
The cases can sometimes be reduced to disorderly conduct.
Source: LIS Virginia Law