Assault and Battery in Los Angeles
An assault and battery crime can affect your life, costing you probation and restitution expenses and exposing you to lengthy prison time. If you are charged with assault and battery in Los Angeles or fear you may be, schedule a consultation with Arro Law today.
Arro Law is a Los Angeles-based law firm that is:
- A top-tier criminal defense firm;
- Honest and trusted by clients; and
- Proven successful in assault and battery cases.
Hire a team of fierce advocates to defend your freedom; call the experienced assault and battery lawyers at Arro Law anytime day or night.
Our Los Angeles Assault and Battery Lawyers Will Help You
Being charged with an assault and battery crime in California does not mean you are guilty. Let Arro Law do what it takes to protect you and your future, including but not limited to, the following:
- Investigate any allegations against you;
- Examine law enforcement conduct;
- Interview all potential witnesses;
- Examine credibility issues with your accusers; and
- Identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case
At Arro Law, we have the experience you need to negotiate an acceptable plea or take your case to trial. Do not let an assault and battery conviction blindside you; contact our office as soon as possible so we can secure the best possible outcome in your case.
Assault and Battery Are Not the Same Crimes
In California, assault and battery are two separate crimes. Assault is “an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another.” There is no need to follow through with an injury. Only have the ability to and attempt to do so.
The punishment for simple assault is up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. Assault with a deadly weapon carries up to four years in prison and a $10,000 fine if charged as a felony.
Battery is “any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.” Assault is the attempt to do violence, while battery is the violence itself. When there are both, the attempt to do violence, and an injury, assault and battery can be charged together.
A misdemeanor battery results in up to six months in jail and $2,000 in fines, while an aggravated battery may result in up to four years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Assault with a deadly weapon may be a misdemeanor or a felony in California. A deadly weapon is any object, instrument, or weapon that when used is capable of producing great bodily injury. Nearly anything can be a deadly weapon if used with enough force to cause great bodily injury.
If a person follows through and actually injures or maims their victim with a deadly weapon, the charge would be battery causing serious bodily injury. Battery causing serious bodily injury is chargeable as a misdemeanor or felony.
Protected Groups of People
California increases the penalties for assault and battery against certain groups of people and their immediate families in retaliation for their official duties.
These are as follows:
- Government employees;
- Prosecutors; and
There are also increased protections for:
- Peace officers;
- Domestic partners; and
Contact Our Los Angeles Assault and Battery Attorney Today
Regardless of your charges or who accused you of assault and battery, you need to speak with an attorney quickly to start building a strong defense. Contact Arro Law for skillful and effective defense representation in your assault and battery case.
Our attorneys are available to assist you anytime with your felony or misdemeanor charges. There are several legal defense strategies available to you. Discuss them with Arro Law confidentially at your convenience.