California Assault Attorney
Assault Lawyer in California
Assault, which is often charged in conjunction with “battery,” is generally defined as the attempt to violently injure another person. You can be charged with this crime even if you do not actually touch or hurt another person. For example, swinging a baseball bat at another person but not making contact would be an assault. The Fox Legal Group can help you if you have had a restraining order filed against you.
Battery is generally defined as the unlawful and willful use of violence and/or force upon another person. It can be charged along with assault or by itself. Swinging a baseball bat at another person and making contact would be both an assault (for the swing) and a battery (for the contact). There are many degrees of seriousness for both of these crimes. Depending on the circumstances and injuries, they can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies (assault or battery on a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon, etc.)
If you are convicted, you could face the following punishments in the State of California:
- If a misdemeanor, $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail
- If a felony, up to 4 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- If a misdemeanor, up to $1,000 fine and one year county jail
- If a felony, up to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
You could also be required to pay restitution for the accuser’s expenses that are a reasonable result of the criminal act.
There are many defenses available to these charges, the most common one being self-defense. However, do not expect the police or prosecution to listen to your side of the story simply because you have evidence and/or witnesses to support you. Once charges are filed, it is unlikely that your case will “go away” or get dismissed, no matter how strong of an argument you have. This is it extremely important to contact an experienced defense attorney immediately after you are arrested. At that point, a skilled attorney may be able to persuade the prosecutor to not file any charges at all by helping them see your side of the story at an early stage. The assault and battery lawyers at The Fox Legal Group are experienced in dealing with prosecutors and judges on assault cases and battery cases. Call us now and put our years of dedication to fighting for the rights of the accused work for you.
Obviously, if you are facing these charges, you will be feeling anxious and upset because of the uncertainty and because nobody seems to want to listen to your side of the story. But you can have an intelligent and experienced advocate on your side who will develop a strategy and use every possible resource to build your case. At The Fox Legal Group, our legal team has decades of combined experience in criminal defense law and fighting for rights of people who are being unfairly accused.
Have you or a loved one been charged with assault & battery in California?
If so, you must speak with an experienced attorney right away. If you are convicted of one of these offenses, aside from the obvious immediate consequences of jail time and spending long periods of time away from friends and family, you could also end up with a felony on your record. Having a felony on your record can jeopardize your career or chances of finding a job or even renting a place to live.
Your freedom and future happiness depend on finding the right lawyer who cares about your case and will fight for you. The Fox Legal Group will take your fight seriously and use whatever resources and tactics it takes to win. If there is a way, they will find it. Call us now. A lawyer will answer the phone to begin your FREE CONSULTATION so you can decide whether to put our years of experience to work for you.
Contact a California Assault & Battery Lawyer at The Fox Legal Group if you have been charged with assault and battery in California.