Being charged with assault and battery in California does not result in an automatic conviction. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. Our Chico assault and battery lawyer at Fawne Crabtree Attorney at Law can examine the details of your case and help you build a solid defense strategy to represent your side of the story before a judge.
Our experienced assault and battery attorney understands that many defendants are falsely accused by individuals who are jealous, angry, or seeking revenge. You deserve a fair trial, and we can provide the strong legal representation that you need to make that happen.
What Is the Punishment for Battery in California?
The punishment for battery in California varies on the type of battery committed. The categories of batteries include sexual, domestic, general. The punishments for general battery (misdemeanor battery) can be a fine of up to $2,000, imprisonment in county jail for six months, or even both. Domestic battery is when it is battery committed against a spouse and the punishment can lead to a person could face prison time or county jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Sexual battery is defined as the touching of "an intimate part of another person, and if the touching is against the will of the person touched and is for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse." The punishment for sexual battery is harsher than the other forms of battery. Sexual battery is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in county jail. If convicted, the defendant would be required to register for life as a sex offender.
Is Spitting on Someone Considered a Battery in California?
Spitting on someone can and even spitting on their food could even be considered a battery. Any use of force that results in actual physical contact with another person can lead to a battery charge.
Defending Against Assault & Battery Charges
While usually used together, the terms "assault" and "battery" refer to two different types of offenses. In general, assault is a threat to inflict injury with the perceived ability to do so. In addition, assault can be defined as an intentional display of force that would cause an individual to fear or expect immediate bodily harm. Battery refers to applying force to another person that results in harmful or offensive contact.
Regardless of whether you conducted yourself in any of the above ways or have been falsely accused of doing so, there are several options for building an effective defense strategy.
Possible defenses against assault and battery charges include:
- You did not have the ability to inflict force or violence
- You acted in self-defense
- You acted in defense of another person
- You acted in defense of a home or personal property
- You were wrongfully accused
Contact Fawne Crabtree Attorney at Law
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