The terms “assault” and “battery” are often conjoined but are actually different crimes. Simple assault is defined as an attempt to use force or violence on someone else. (California Penal Code section 240.) Battery is the actual use of force or violence on someone else. (California Penal Code section 242.) Basic assault or battery is a misdemeanor that can be punished by up to six months in county jail and a fine. But these crimes can become serious felonies if there are aggravating circumstances. For example, potential consequences increase dramatically if an assault is committed with a deadly weapon, or against a peace officer or an elderly victim.
There are several possible defenses to these charges including self-defense and some other defenses that may be unknown to the average lay person. This law firm has had consistent success obtaining acquittals or favorable dispositions through exhaustive investigation and research. If you face being charged with a crime of this sort the sooner you contact us the more we can do for you.