Battery

Pasadena Criminal Defense Lawyer

California law enforcement takes criminal offenses that result in the harm of innocent victims extremely serious. One such offense is known as battery, which consists of the intentional infliction of bodily harm to a victim. While there are different levels to the charge, a battery charge carries a sentence including jail time, probation and various fines.

Most people recognize the charge when it is coupled with its counterpart assault for a double offense of assault and battery. Assault is threatening someone with bodily harm and battery is actually inflicting the harm. Since battery involves malicious intent, the prosecution charges the defendant with assault, since the defendant supposedly threatens the victim before actually committing battery.

What constitutes a battery charge?

While the common conception of battery is that it is a violent act, any unsolicited touch can be interpreted as battery. This means that a defendant can possibly be convicted for misdemeanor battery even if their alleged actions did not result in harm or injury to the accuser. As long as the touch or physical contact was allegedly unwanted, the victim can supposedly claim that the defendant committed battery.

There are more serious battery charges in California law that may result in harsher punishments. While a misdemeanor battery charge carries a jail sentence of up to six months in jail in addition to probation and community service, there are felony battery charges with much more serious consequences. Aggravated battery involves willful and intentional infliction of force or violence that results in serious bodily harm to the alleged victim. A charge of aggravated battery can result in up to four years in prison, a $10,000 fine and a possible "strike" on the defendants California criminal record.

Protect Yourself from a Battery Conviction!

If you are facing a charge of battery and/or assault, it is important that you act quickly to defend yourself from conviction. In such times, you need legal representation with experience and determination to represent your rights as aggressively as possible before the court and your accuser. Contact a Pasadena criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of Fritzie Galliani, APC today to learn more about how our firm can be your advocates as you fight these criminal charges.

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