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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 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:
Intentional physical contact
Harmful or offensive contact
Contact without the victim's consent
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.
What are common assault & battery defense strategies?
In the moments following an arrest, it’s imperative that you take immediate action in retaining effective legal representation. Hiring an assault attorney sooner than later allows more opportunity to build a compelling case on your behalf that works to protect your rights and liberties.
Common assault and battery defense strategies include:
- You did not act willfully
- You were acting within your rights
Let a Skilled Sacramento Assault Lawyer Defend You
A violent crime charge on your record can affect you for life. Put your case into the hands of the Sacramento criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Jonathan Gonzales. Jonathan Gonzales is a former police officer and an experienced trial lawyer with thousands of cases under his belt. In 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, he was undefeated for jury trials! With his aggressive representation, you can be assured that if you go to trial, you'll have an excellent chance of winning your case.
For a free case evaluation, contact our Sacramento assault & battery defense lawyer at the Law Office of Jonathan Gonzales at (916) 318-5177.