Assault & battery is a very common offense. An assault & battery occurs when someone uses violence against another person or threatens to cause bodily harm to another person. Assault & battery is also committed when a weapon is used against someone else.
Assault & battery is a violent crime. Violent crimes are punishable with more harsh sentences than other, lesser crimes. If convicted of assault & battery charges you will certainly face a prison sentence. Additionally, offenders may also face monetary fines, community service, probation, and rehabilitation classes. There are different types of assault and battery – these are the most common:
- Simple Assault
- Sexual Assault and Battery
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Firearm
- Simple Battery
- Battery with Injuries
- Battery of a Police Officer
- Domestic Violence
Those who are convicted of assault & battery will also have a permanent record, which can negatively impact life in the future. A criminal record may keep you from getting a job, from getting housing, and from other opportunities throughout life.
California uses the “Three Strike” law. This means that the first offense has the least amount of penalties associated with it. Further convictions will increase the penalties that may be imposed. For example, someone with one felony conviction will be facing double the sentence on the next conviction.
If you have been charged with assault & battery, waste no time in hiring an attorney to represent you. A criminal attorney has experience and will take every step necessary to assist you in fighting your case. It is best to hire an attorney immediately and make certain that your lawyer is present whenever you speak to law enforcement.