In the state of California, assault is considered a violent crime and is punished harshly. Violent crimes are vigorously prosecuted in the state, particularly those charged as felonies. When convicted of assault, you may face fines, prison/jail time, payment of restitution to the victim, and a permanent criminal record. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles assault attorneys work vigorously on behalf of those who have been arrested or charged with any violent or serious criminal offense, including assault. We understand the fear and stress associated with being accused of a crime, and put all of our skill and experience to work in an effort to prevent a conviction. In some cases, it may be possible to intercede so that charges are not filed by prosecutors.Misdemeanor or Felony Assault Charges in Los Angeles
Assault involves threatening, striking, or attempting to strike another individual, one who is aware of the threat or danger. Regardless of whether you carry through with the threat or injure the other person is irrelevant; you may still be charged with assault. In order for the prosecutor to prove this criminal offense, he/she must demonstrate that you acted intentionally, attempted to make physical contact or succeeded in making contact, and knew that your actions would likely result in contact with or injury to the victim. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony depends on a number of factors, including prior criminal record and the seriousness of the offense.
Crimes which may be considered assault include but are not limited to:
- Spousal abuse
- Assault and battery
- Domestic violence
- Child Abuse
- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
- Felony assault with great bodily injury
- Assault upon a peace officer
As highly experienced Los Angeles assault defense lawyers, we understand that in some situations, the circumstances can easily be misconstrued, resulting in felony charges. For instance, you may become involved in a verbal argument at your home or in a public place such as a bar and be wrongly accused of assault. Regardless of the facts, it is critical you obtain the legal support and guidance of a capable criminal defense attorney.California Assault Penalties
The penalties or punishment an individual faces if convicted of assault depend on a number of factors. If convicted of misdemeanor assault under California Penal Code 240, you may face penalties which include up to three years informal or "summary" probation, fines of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, community service, or successful completion of a batterer's program.
If charged with assault against a peace officer, emergency medical technician, firefighter or someone who works in the capacity of public safety, penalties include up to one year in jail, fines of up to $2,000, and more.
Assault with a deadly weapon, also known as aggravated assault, may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony. If convicted, you may face penalties which include a fine of up to $10,000, one year in county jail, or incarceration for two, three, or four years in California state prison.
There are several effective defense strategies your attorney may use to prevent a conviction, or have charges dismissed or reduced. Prosecutors may not be able to prove your identity, or that you were not acting in a manner to defend yourself or others. Lack of intent and wrongful accusation are other defense tactics which may work to your benefit.Contact The Justice Firm for Aggressive Defense Against Assault Charges
As a trusted Los Angeles assault defense firm, we understand the negative implication to your life aside from the penalties if convicted. Your reputation and career may be damaged in the process, even if you are found not guilty. Our goal is to protect your legal rights, reputation, and freedom; we will put all of our skill, experience, and dedication to work for you in our efforts to secure positive results.
Contact us now at (310)914-2444 for a free consultation regarding your assault case.