Assault and Battery

Sometimes an argument takes an unexpected turn and gets out of hand. Maybe it even turned violent or threatening, which could result in you being charged with assault or battery. If you find yourself in that situation, you need the help of an experienced attorney. Contact Oriole Law Group and our attorneys will help you navigate the process and get you back to your life.

Summary of California Assault and Battery Crimes

Based on what you see on television, you might think assault and battery are one single crime, but they are actually two separate and distinct crimes you can be charged with. Assault (Penal Code Section 240) is defined as willfully acting in a way that would result in the application of force upon another person. Battery (Penal Code Section 242) is defined as willfully touching another person in a way that is harmful or offensive. The difference between the two is that Assault doesn’t require any physical contact with another person, but Battery does. These misdemeanor offenses can carry up to one year in county jail. If a weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury is used, then the crime is considered a felony (Penal Code Section 245). Depending on the facts of the case and an individual’s criminal history, a felony conviction can result in many years in state prison.

Regardless of your situation, Oriole has experienced attorneys on hand to help you. Our practitioners have decades of criminal law experience and have successfully handled cases ranging from traffic tickets to homicide. Contact Oriole Law Group today for a consultation and let us help you get your life back.