Defending Clients in Assault & Battery Cases
Under the California Penal Code, assault is the attempt to violently injure another combined with the ability to carry it out. It's important to note that anyone 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.
Battery, on the other hand, 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 Tulare, Kings, or Fresno counties, contact the Law Offices of Christopher Martens as soon as possible to speak with the Visalia assault and battery defense attorney about your case.
Types of Assault & Battery
A conviction of misdemeanor assault or battery could mean up to a year in jail, along with steep fines and probation.
More serious assault and battery crimes include:
- Aggravated assault: Using a weapon or other deadly device which is capable of rendering great bodily harm to a potential victim
- Aggravated battery: Using force against another and causing serious bodily injury.
These felony assault or battery charges could mean two to four years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines, restitution to the victim, and a possible strike on your record, depending on your circumstances.
Protect Your Rights & Fight Your Charges
Having an experienced Visalia assault and battery defense lawyer 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.
The Law Offices of Christopher Martens 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.
Contact our Visalia assault lawyers if you are facing assault and/or battery charges in Visalia, Fresno, or a surrounding area.