Assault and Battery Charges
Assault and battery, while actually two different crimes, can result both in serious fines and extended jail time. If charged with assault or battery, you need to consult with our criminal attorneys at Traffic Ticket Pros to review evidence and create an effective defense to fight these charges.
What Exactly is Assault and Battery
While often spoken of together as if one crime, assault and battery are significantly different crimes. Assault is when you threaten or merely attempt to do bodily harm or injury to another person through physical contact without actually carrying it out. Battery on the other hand is the actual fulfillment of an act of violence to another person. Assault or battery charges can be a misdemeanor or a felony. If a deadly weapon is involved, the crime may be upgraded to aggravated assault or aggravated battery, which carries greater fines and longer jail terms. Additional or longer jail time is added when the assault and battery is against a police officer. In some communities, assault against a police officer is a separate crime with especially severe penalties. These distinctions are very important because the penalties can vary dramatically. If you need to fight assault or battery charges and have questions about the distinction and need to start putting together a strong defense, call Traffic Ticket Pros and speak to an experienced criminal attorney.
Understanding Assault and Battery Charges
Assault and battery charges usually come upon people unexpectedly. For example: you found yourself suddenly using physical force against someone to protect yourself, your family or your property. Now you are charged with a crime that could involve jail time. Another example: you made physical contact with another person that you thought was incidental, but it was perceived to be an act of aggression and violence.
Few areas of law have more technicalities and are open to various subjective interpretations than assault and battery. Investigation into these charges are needed to determine the various possible defenses. To this end, many questions have to be answered: were you acting in self defense? Were you acting reasonable in the given situation? Were you acting to defend another person? Were you acting to defend your personal property? After these questions are answered, then our criminal attorneys from Traffic Ticket Pros can begin to put together an effective defense and fight the charges.
The Seriousness of the Assault and Battery Charges
With assault and battery charges, you run into some people who are so convinced they are in the right, they do not take their assault and battery charges seriously, and choose not to fight them. They know their heart that they acted in self defense or to protect their family and assume other people will agree, understand and let them off of their charges. Police, prosecutors, judges, juries and others people in the legal system may not understand or be very sympathetic to your motivations and will be more concerned with objective evidence. You must keep in mind that you could be looking at fines and jail time. If you or someone you know end up on assault and battery charges, you need to hire a skilled attorney that can understand the gravity of your situation and create efficient defense arguments to fight and dismiss and/or reduce your charges. At Traffic Ticket Pros, we fight everything from minor to severe criminal cases and have more than 20 years of collective experience available for consultation.
Get Legal Help to Fight Assault and Battery Charges
Criminal Attorneys from Traffic Ticket Pros will help you fight your misdemeanor and felony assault, battery, aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges. First rate defense is in order because, although penalties vary greatly, often they involve significant jail time. You deserve to be defended by an experienced California criminal attorney who will aggressively fight to protect your rights, interview witnesses, review evidence and work with experts to create a strong defense. We fight to win.