Understanding Charges of Battery

While assault and battery charges can often be coupled together, they are actually two separate offenses with different meanings. In the state of California, a battery charge is considered the more serious of the two. Those that are charged for battery should speak to an Orange County criminal lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest so that you have defense from the very beginning of a case.

Charges of battery means there was the willful action of violence against another person. It is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of $2,000. Aggravated battery includes violence that led to serious bodily injury to another. This can be punishable by up to one year in jail if charged as a misdemeanor and up to four years in prison with $10,000 in fines if it is a felony. When a deadly weapon is involved, the crime can be considered a felony with penalties including up to four years in prison, confiscation of weapons, community service, restitution to the victim, and $10,000 in fines. Battery can sometimes be committed out of self-defense or without intention, which will need to be brought to the attention of the court if true.

Avoiding Penalties for Battery Charges

Police may often try to coerce you into saying something that can be used against you in court. You have the right to remain silent and this can often be a valuable tool to avoid further damage. With a member of our firm representing you, we can be there during interrogations to ensure the police do not encroach on your rights or back you into a corner. We will also begin our assessment of your case immediately during a free consultation, pulling any key pieces of evidence together to use in your defense.

Our goal is to provide you with the counsel, legal understanding and representation needed to bring a compelling argument against the prosecution. We will also be available to answer your questions and keep you informed on the status of your case so that you are always in the know.

Call us if you have been charged for a violent crime in Orange County, CA.