Assault & Battery Attorney in Long Beach and Santa Ana, CA

According to the California Department of Justice, in 2018, there were approximately 367,972 reported cases of assault crimes. In California, an individual may be charged with assault crimes for getting involved in a physical altercation with another person. Such crimes include simple assault, battery, and aggravated assault or battery. Depending on the severity of the injuries inflicted and other surrounding circumstances, the defendant may be facing severe penalties, including hefty fines and lengthy jail time.

If you are facing assault and battery charges in California, it is important to retain a skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney immediately to help protect your rights and build your defense. McCready Law Group provides comprehensive legal services to clients who have been arrested and charged with assault and battery crimes. As an experienced California criminal defense attorney, I can fight vigorously to help protect your rights and seek fair treatment for your charges.

McCready Law Group proudly serves clients throughout Long Beach, California, and the surrounding communities of Cypress Hill and Lakewood.

Differentiating Between Assault and Battery

"Assault and battery" is a common phrase that is often used together. Although the same California law criminalizes both assault and battery (Chapter 9 of the California Penal Code), these two terms are quite different.

Assault

According to California Penal Code Section 240, the crime of assault or "simple assault" occurs when a person uses an "unlawful attempt" to inflict a violent injury on another person. Attempting to hit someone during a heated argument, even when you miss, is considered “simple assault” in California. 

Battery

According to California Penal Code Section 242, battery can be described as using physical force or violence against another party. Examples include showing or striking someone with a fist during an argument. Other examples include pushing someone or hitting another person using an object which inflicts a bodily injury on the victim.

Aggravated Assault or Battery

Aggravated assault or battery involves a clear intent to commit serious bodily injury to another person. An assault or battery charge becomes aggravated if it is obvious that the defendant wanted to inflict or inflicted severe damage or bodily injury without any regard for the victim's life. For instance, using a deadly weapon against another person is usually considered an aggravating circumstance. Such a charge may be elevated to aggravated assault or battery.

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Possible Penalties

Possible penalties for assault and battery charges in California often depend on the severity of the injuries inflicted and other surrounding circumstances. If convicted, you could be facing:

Penalties for Simple Assault in California

  • Prison Sentence: Up to six months in jail
  • Fine: Up to $1000
  • Probation: Up to six months
  • Restitution to the victim

Penalties for Battery in California

  • Prison Sentence: Up to six months in county jail
  • Fine: Up to $2000
  • Probation: Up to six months
  • Restitution to the victim

Penalties for Aggravated Assault or Battery in California

  • Prison Sentence: Up to one year in jail
  • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • Probation: Up to one year
  • Restitution to the victim
  • Confiscation of the weapon
  • Possible community service
  • Mandatory anger management course

Restitution

Depending on the type of offense, damages to the victim, and other surrounding factors, restitution may include:

  • Misdemeanor: Between $150 and $1,000
  • Felony: Between $300 and $10,000

Possible Defenses for Assault And Battery Charges

Possible defenses for assault and battery charges in California include:

  • Self-defense
  • Defense of others
  • Defending property
  • Accidental contact
  • Consent (i.e., playing sports)
  • Performance of duty (i.e., security guard's job)
  • Mistaken identity
  • Lack of malice

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney

Defending your assault and battery charges by yourself could increase your risk of suffering the maximum penalties. If convicted, you could be facing harsher consequences, including substantial fines, lengthy prison time, or both. Hiring an experienced California criminal defense attorney is crucial to protecting your rights and determining your best defense strategy.

At McCready Law Group, I have dedicated my career to providing strong representation in a wide range of assault and battery cases. Using my hands-on approach and comprehensive understanding of the California criminal justice system, I can review your case and determine your best defense strategy. I will help you pursue a favorable outcome or ensure that you get a fair hearing.

Experienced Assault & Battery Attorney in Long Beach, California

If you are facing assault and battery charges, don't face it alone. Contact McCready Law Group today to schedule a free case evaluation. I can offer you the experienced legal guidance and aggressive representation you need. I'm proud to serve clients throughout Long Beach, Cypress Hill, and Lakewood, California. Call my law firm today to speak with an experienced California assault and battery attorney.