Assault & Battery Charges in California
Although often categorized, assault charges are actually separate offenses
from battery charges. Assault is an attempt to physically harm another
individual. Battery is the actual use of force on another person. Consequently,
a charge of battery will almost always include a charge of assault. Assault
and battery can be either a misdemeanor or
felony offense. Misdemeanor assault and battery can include hitting, kicking
or punching that does not result in serious injuries. When significant
physical harm or injury occurs, assault and battery will almost always
be charged as a felony.
A conviction in a misdemeanor assault and battery case can result in jail
time of up to six months and up to $2,000 in fines. The punishment for
felony assault and battery is up to 4 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Aggravated assault and battery will result in even more serious penalties, as the components
of such a crime include:
- Attempt or actual cause of severe injuries to another person
Use of a
deadly weapon such as a gun, shotgun or knife
- Assault and battery of a police officer
Secure defense from out Los Angeles criminal attorneys!
Assault and battery charges can be extremely complex to fairly simple.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, a number of different defense
methods are available that can be employed on your behalf. For example,
you may be able to claim that assault or battery (or both) were used as
a means of response to a perceived threat of harm that caused you fear.
A case such as this would specifically claim self-defense. In other circumstances,
you may be able to claim that your actions were made in the defense of
others. In this case, rather than experiencing a perceived threat of fear
for oneself, you instead feel it for another (or perhaps even a group
of individuals), consequently causing you to act in a way that ultimately
led to your charges. Similarly, you may be able to claim your actions
were made in defense of personal property.
There are many versions of defense that exist when it comes to defending
charges of assault and/or battery. However, only with a
qualified legal professional will you be able to successfully employ any of these. Therefore, it is
beyond imperative that you seek professional assistance as quickly as
Martinian & Associates is a competent criminal defense firm that has successfully helped many
clients accused of assault and battery. Upon contacting our legal team,
we will immediately review your case and discuss the various defense strategies
that may be used to prevent a guilty verdict. Our firm also has considerable
resources that can be employed when fighting your charges.