Assault and Battery Charges in California

Criminal Defense Lawyers in Long Beach

Assault and battery charges can have severe penalties for conviction, and it is important that you have skilled representation on your side when combatting these charges. In addition, a conviction for this crime could incur a strike against your record. This means that any earlier crime for which you were convicted puts you in a position where you will have higher penalties for a subsequent offense. A third strike in California means that the defendant may face the possibility of life in prison. It is vitally important that you have a skilled representative on your side to help defend you against the accusations made.

Assault and battery are actually two different and separate criminal charges. They are, however, often grouped together in a criminal case. Assault is an attempt or threat of violence toward another individual, and battery is actual physical contact between two people. Intentional touching or physical violence such as hitting another person against their will can result in serious criminal charges.

Charged with assault and battery?

At the Law Offices of Damone & Schroeder, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the skillful and aggressive representation that they need. We have nearly 40 years of combined experience in handling criminal defense representation and we can put this to work for you. Every prosecution case has weaknesses, and the skilled team at our firm will investigate every avenue to possibly reduce the negative effects on you. There are many effective defenses for assault and battery, depending on the case. Self-defense, lack of evidence, and mistaken identity are examples of possible defenses for these charges.

Penalties for a Conviction

The penalties for misdemeanor battery in California could include up to 6 months in county jail and a possible fine of up to $1,000; and the penalties for simple misdemeanor assault are similar. An "enhancement" can be added to your sentence based on various factors including the number of strikes on your record. For example, the charge of causing great bodily injury can carry a penalty of up to four years in state prison. Assault with a firearm can bring 2 to 4 years in state prison and a fine up to $10,000. If you are convicted of assault with a semi-automatic weapon or machine gun, the penalty can be up to 12 years in state prison.

You need the most qualified Long Beach assault and battery attorneys to protect your rights. Take advantage of our skilled firm and retain our services so that we can review your case and work out a vigorous defense for you. Seek our representation in your case today.

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