Assault and battery is typically a combination of threats and physical violence. A charge of this nature can be complex, and understanding what you face while working with an aggressive Sacramento assault & battery defense lawyer is key in fighting for your rights.
What is Assault?
Assault consists of threats toward another person, although sometimes an alleged perpetrator may go as far as to try and injure another. There must be an intentional and direct act toward another person that would make that person fearful. Circumstantially, scaring another person would be enough to merit assault charges.
What is Battery?
Battery, on the other hand, is the physical aspect of assault. A battery charge requires three elements:
Surprisingly, an intent to cause harm is not required in a battery case. However, an intent to come into physical contact with the victim is required. While bumping into someone is not battery, pushing someone into a wall is. In addition, no injury is required for battery cases. However, offensive contact is required. This may include punching, kicking, or even spitting on someone.
What is the Punishment for
Battery in California?
In California, common punishments for battery include a fine of $2,000, 6 months to years in county jail, even both. The punishment increase varying on the victim, how much the victim was hurt.
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