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Simple assault in California is defined under Penal Code 240 while aggravated forms of assault are covered under various specific statutes. Assault is often confused as “assault and battery.” However, assault is a separate crime from battery under California law. Assault can occur in many settings, from domestic violence incidents to fights between strangers in public places, such as bars, nightclubs, sporting events, entertainment venues, streets, parking lots, and more.
An assault conviction can lead to serious penalties as well as a permanent criminal record that can be detrimental to your future. As in any criminal charge, you should seek legal counsel from a skilled criminal defense attorney to ensure you understand the potential repercussions of a conviction and your available legal options.
At The Law Office of Christopher A. Lamiero, our Dublin assault defense lawyer has more than 25 years of legal experience, including time spent as a prosecutor. Do not hesitate to let our firm fight for you in the courtroom and help you avoid serious criminal penalties.
Types of Assault under California Law
Simple assault under California law consists of making an unlawful attempt to cause a violent injury to another person coupled with the ability to do so. A simple assault does not necessarily include physical contact with the alleged victim. You can be arrested for assault simply by engaging in some action that was likely to end up with force being used against the other person. This could be raising a fist to strike someone, shoving, or throwing something (which failed to hit the victim). It could involve any type of touching that is considered offensive or meant to harm.
Simple assault is charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. However, this type of violent crime becomes more serious if it is committed against a public servant who is trying to do his or her duty. This includes law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel, and more. In these cases, the penalties increase to up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
Assault with a deadly weapon is a more serious type of assault, often referred to as aggravated assault. It involves using a weapon such as a gun or knife which can cause great bodily injury. Depending on the circumstances, it may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor charges will result in a jail sentence of up to a year while felony charges can lead to two, three, or four years in a state prison.
Domestic “assault” in California may fall under the classification of domestic battery, child abuse, or elder abuse, depending on who the victim was and other circumstances.
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Attorney Christopher Lamiero believes everyone should have a strong defense aimed at obtaining the best possible result. When you retain our services, you will have dedicated legal support throughout every phase of the criminal process. You will work directly with our Dublin assault defense lawyer, who has an outstanding track record of proven results over decades devoted to criminal defense.
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