Long Beach Assault and Battery Defense Attorneys
When an individual is convicted of assault and/or battery, the penalties can be life-changing. While they are actually two separate criminal charges, assault and battery often go hand in hand in a criminal case. Additionally, it is important to note that if you have been convicted of a crime in the past, a conviction for this crime could result in a strike on your criminal record under California's "three strikes" law. Ultimately, this could result in harsher penalties than would typically be incurred for the same crime by someone who does not have a strike on his/her record. At The Justice Firm, our Long Beach criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to providing clients with outstanding legal guidance and support. Our top priority is obtaining the best possible result in your criminal case.Assault and Battery Charges in California
When charged with assault and battery, it is imperative you work with a skilled and experienced attorney. Unfortunately, many criminal defense lawyers do not invest the time and effort to thoroughly investigate and explore potential weaknesses in the prosecution's case. This can result in a bad outcome. Developing a solid defense is essential to winning results. Whether having charges dismissed or reduced, or securing an acquittal at trial, we work vigorously on each client's case. We understand the importance of protecting your freedom, reputation, and legal rights. Our number one objective is to prevent or limit the damaging consequences a conviction can have on your life.Criminal Penalties for a Conviction in Long Beach
Some examples of assault and/or battery include:
- Aggravated Battery
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Battery on a Police Officer
- Domestic Battery
- Sexual Battery
While assault involves threatening or attempting a violent action against another person, battery involves actual physical contact, such as punching or hitting.
Depending on your situation, misdemeanor assault or battery may be punished by fines and up to six months in prison. However, the penalties may be enhanced depending on factors including prior criminal history, whether you have any strikes on your record, or the extent of violence/injury. For instance, if you are convicted of causing great bodily injury during the assault, you may face a maximum of four years in prison. Assault with a deadly weapon may also result in a maximum prison term of four years, along with fines of up to $10,000.Contact The Justice Firm Now
Assault and/or battery charges are serious, as you can see from the penalties above. A conviction could cost you your freedom, reputation, and career. No one wants a criminal record, and often times assault charges are brought out of anger, such as in a domestic situation. We have found throughout the years that in many cases, criminal charges are brought against good, upstanding citizens who would not typically find themselves in these types of circumstances. Regardless of your situation, we urge you to contact the Long Beach assault and battery defense attorneys at the Justice Firm now for a free consultation at (310)914-2444.