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An assault charge is considered to be the intentional threat or use of force or violence against another person. A person does not have to actually be struck in order for an assault to occur, the mere threat of an assault can be considered a crime. There are various degrees of assault, ranging from simple to aggravated, depending on the severity of the attack. Although some assault charges can be considered misdemeanors, most are charged as a felony. Although usually charged with battery, if no actual contact took place, only the assault charge would likely be charged.
Battery is the intentional act of touching another party which is harmful or offensive to harm them. In order to constitute battery, an offense must be intentional and must be committed to inflict injury on another. There must be actual physical contact with the victim. There are different degrees of battery that indicate the severity of the offense. Simple battery can include domestic violence that is non-consensual, insulting, or harmful contact, regardless of the harm done. These can also be charged as misdemeanors.
Aggravated battery is a more serious charge, which can involve the use of a weapon, significant injury, or the crime occurring in a public transportation vehicle, station or a school zone. If a child, police officer or elderly person is assaulted, aggravated battery would also be charged. This type of charge is considered a felony.
Did you know that even a conviction for misdemeanor assault or battery could cause you to be unable to own or possess a firearm for ten years? I did, and that’s why you should call me before you consider pleading guilty to any assault or battery charge.
If you or someone you know if facing an assault and battery charge, it is vital to obtain the legal assistance of a criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens right away to safeguard your legal rights.
Because an assault and battery is a violent crime, it is aggressively prosecuted by law enforcement. Conviction can lead to severe and harsh penalties, including fines, restitution, mandatory anger management classes and lengthy prison sentences. If you are facing these circumstances, the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens can help you fight your charges. With over 22 years helping the residents of San Fernando Valley and Van Nuys, we have the skill and experience you will need to mount a strong defense on your behalf. Don’t delay in contacting us; your freedom depends on it!
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Are you facing assault & battery charges? Contact a San Fernando criminal defense lawyer for a strong and effective defense.