Under the California Penal Code, assault consists of the attempt to violently injure another combined with the ability to carry it out. You can be charged with this crime without actually having caused bodily harm to another. By acting in a manner that may result in using force against another, as in threatening to use force, you may be convicted of assault. The crime of battery involves willfully using force on another, wherein you carried out the act. When the victim doesn't suffer any injury and a weapon is not used, assault is usually charged as a misdemeanor and called "simple assault."
If you are facing assault and / or battery charges in the counties of Tulare, Kings, or Fresno, it is recommended that you contact the Law Offices of Christopher Martens as soon as possible to speak with the Visalia criminal defense attorney about your case. The firm offers aggressive and experienced legal representation to those facing all types of criminal charges, including various forms of assault and battery. Many legal strategies can be used in your defense, including possible self-defense, defense of others, and more.
If you use a weapon or other deadly device which is capable of rendering great bodily harm to the victim, you will likely be charged with the more serious crime of aggravated assault. When you use force against another and cause serious bodily injury, you will be charged with aggravated battery, which is also a more serious charge. For misdemeanor assault or battery, you may be facing up to a year in jail, along with steep fines and probation. For felony assault or battery, you may be facing 2, 3, or 4 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines, restitution to the victim, and a possible strike on your record.
Having an experienced attorney in your corner as soon as possible is crucial and can make a significant difference in how your case evolves and in its ultimate outcome.
Contact the Visalia assault lawyer at the firm if you are facing assault and / or battery charges in Visalia, Fresno, or a surrounding area.
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