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Assault & Battery Laws in California
“Assault and battery” is a common phrase used in our society to describe the act of using force against another individual. This phrase actually lumps two separate crimes together that, in California, are separate and distinct. Either way, they can be considered violent crimes in that they use aggression against others. These crimes can range from pushing someone out of your way to spitting on someone, punching them, or threatening to punch them while having the ability to carry out that punch. The latter means that you can be charged with assault without actually having made physical contact with the person but merely putting them in fear of some kind of attack.
Because assault and battery crimes are considered to be violent crimes, they carry serious consequences. That is why it is crucial that you have serious legal representation from an attorney who has experience in defending them. At The Law Office of Damon Alimouri, you can work with a Pasadena assault and battery attorney who takes an aggressive and thorough stance on your behalf. Our attorney is passionate about providing legal representation for clients that is exhaustively investigated, reviewed, and strategized for optimum results. We never engage in half-hearted attempts or a lackluster performance of our duty to our clients. We are here to increase your chances for a case dismissal, reduction of charges, reduction of sentencing, or other positive outcome.
What is Assault & Battery?
Under California law, assault consists of intentionally trying to physical hurt someone or acting in a threatening or menacing way to cause the other person to believe they are in danger of being attacked. An example of simple assault is the act of attempting to hit someone but without landing the punch. Your relationship with the alleged victim will determine the penalties you face. For example, assault against a family member in a domestic setting or assault against an emergency medical technician can carry harsher penalties than simple assault against someone you meet in a bar or at a sporting event.
Battery involves making actual physical contact with the other person, even if it is only touching them. It includes willfully doing so in a manner that is harmful or that the other person would consider offensive. However, under the legal definition of battery, an actual injury does not have to be the result of the action you took. For example, you could spit on the other person, which is not an actual injury but considered offensive, and be charged with battery.
Types of Assault & Battery Charges in California
Assault and battery charges in California can include:
- Simple assault, the least serious of these crimes, charged as misdemeanor
- Simple battery that does not have to have caused any actual harm or injury, charged as a misdemeanor
- Assault with a deadly weapon that may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances
- Battery that causes serious bodily injury, also referred to as aggravated battery, that may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances
- Battery against a peace officer or other classes of protected public servants, that may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances
- Domestic battery against a present or former intimate partner, spouse, or family member, charged as a misdemeanor
- Sexual battery that consists of contact with an intimate part of the victim’s body that can also be charged as a misdemeanor or felony
What are the Penalties for Assault & Battery?
Misdemeanor charges can result in up to a year in a county jail while felony charges can result in a range of prison terms from a year up to four years. You could also face heavy fines, mandatory completion of a batterer’s intervention program, a lengthy probation, and a civil lawsuit filed against you by the victim seeking monetary damages.
Talk to Our Pasadena Assault & Battery Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know is facing an assault or battery charge, The Law Office of Damon Alimouri stands ready to come to your defense. Our attorney has experience in handling such charges, is well-versed in the laws and procedures on this matter, and has built strong relationships with judges in the criminal courts. Get the aggressive defense you need by contacting us as soon as possible.
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