Assault and Battery Charges

Assault and Battery Charges

Assault is the use of force or violence against another person. In California there are a few classifications of assault and battery:

  • Simple assault  Simple assault is an unlawful attempt paired with present ability to commit a violent injury on another personand it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jailIt is significant to understand that to be guilty of an assault you do not need to injure or even touch the personOnly a realistic attempt is necessary.
  • Simple battery  Simple battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon another personIt may be either a misdemeanor or a felony and is punishable by as much as six months in jailUnlike simple assaultit requires physical contact with another person.
  • Assault with a deadly weapon  Assault with a deadly weapon pertains to instances in which a person is accused of threatening or harming a victim “by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury” with a weapon excluding a gunIt’s a felony that applies to a wide variety of conduct and is punishable by imprisonment.
  • Assault with a firearm  You can be charged with assault and battery with a firearm if you shoot someone with a gunfire a gun at someonepoint a loaded gun at someone in a threatening manner or hit someone with the gun itselfIt is a felonyand sentencing enhancements for use of a firearm in the crime results in jail terms ranging from two to 12 yearsbased on the type of weapon.

The criminal defense attorneys at Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation have decades of combined experience defending against assault and battery. We zealously defend the freedoms of our clients. Call our assault and battery defense attorneys today at 559.248.1469 to discuss your assault and battery charges.

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