Many people have probably heard the words “assault and battery”
and thought they were a single charge. In fact, they are two different
crimes that are often linked together. In the state of California, assault
and battery can lead to both civil and criminal cases.
According to the California Penal Code, assault is an unlawful attempt
to cause another person serious injury. It doesn’t require one person
to touch another; instead, if a victim feels a person is likely to cause
them serious damage, they are the victim of an assault. In other words,
assault is often described as the attempt to commit a battery.
Battery describes actual force or violence used against another person.
For example, while threatening to beat someone up is considered assault,
battery would be a person actually following through on that threat.
Likewise, both charges could be considered a misdemeanor or a felony depending
on the circumstances of the crime. Simple assault and battery are misdemeanors,
but if serious injuries or weapons are involved, those could be elevated
to felony charges.
If you’re facing assault or battery charges, make sure to do yourself
a favor and speak to one of our skilled
Ventura criminal defense attorneys about your case as soon as possible. The faster we hear about your case,
the sooner we can get to work on mounting an adequate defense.
The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert provides elite and aggressive lawyers who will work to defend your rights
and your freedom. We are led by a former deputy district attorney, meaning
we can offer you unique insight into how the prosecution is likely strategizing.
Let us use our decade of collective legal experience to see what we can
do for you.
Contact us at (805) 994-0560 or fill out our online form to schedule your free case