If you are facing charges of assault & battery, you need the benefit of a highly experienced defense lawyer. Laguna Niguel Criminal Defense Attorney Harvey L. Deckerhas been vigorously defending individuals who have been charged with committing acts of assault and battery in and around Laguna Niguel for more than 30 years.
Assault and battery takes place when one individual physically harms or attempts to harm another, or acts in a threatening and aggressive manner, thereby creating a fear of immediate harm in another. Based on the circumstances, a criminal defendant who is accused of assault and / or battery may be facing either misdemeanor or felony charges.
• Simple Assault is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. Physical injury is not required for a simple assault charge.
• Aggravated Assault is a much more serious crime and typically involves the use of a dangerous weapon that is capable of causing great bodily harm. Aggravated assault can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. However, when a dangerous instrument is used, the District Attorney’s Office generally files felony charges. As with simple assault, actual physical harm is not necessary. Aggravated Assault is punishable by up to four years in prison and fines not to exceed $10,000. An aggravated assault conviction is considered a strike under California’s Three Strikes Law.
• Simple Battery can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It is punishable by up to $2,000 in fines and six months in jail. Under California law, simple battery is defined as the act of willfully applying force or violence against another. Unlike assault, simple battery requires that physical contact takes place.
• Aggravated Battery is the intentional use of force against another, causing great bodily harm. As with aggravated assault, depending on the circumstances, aggravated battery may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Conviction of felony aggravated battery is punishable by up to four years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine. An aggravated battery conviction is considered a strike under California’s Three Strikes Law.
Contact Laguna Niguel Assault & Battery Attorney Harvey L. Decker III
If you or someone you love has been charged with assault & battery, it is crucial that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Laguna Niguel Criminal Defense Attorney Harvey L. Deckerhas been fighting on behalf of the accused for more than 30 years, and has extensive experience handling assault & battery cases. When your freedom is at stake, knowledge and expertise matter! Call for a free consultation.