Los Angeles Battery Attorney
Overview of Battery Charges in Los Angeles, CA
Under California Penal Code §242, a battery refers to any willful and unlawful use of violence and/or force upon another person. This means that a person could easily face battery charges for virtually any type of violence enacted against another person. Such violence could include slapping, hitting, punching and kicking etc.
Although assault and battery are similar, they are actually two separate offenses. With assault the criminal act involved the "attempt" to cause physical harm, whereas with battery, the act of violence was actually carried out. So, when you make offensive physical contact with another person, you face criminal penalties in the state of California.
Domestic violence is similar to assault and battery charges; however, with domestic violence cases, the violence is acted out against a spouse, a child, another family member, someone the party lives with, or someone with whom the party has a child in common.
Criminal Penalties for Battery in California
In the state of California, battery is punishable by up to $2,000 in fines and/or up to 6 months in county jail. In cases involving serious bodily injury, felony battery cases are punishable by up to 4 years in state prison. It's not uncommon for couples, friends and strangers to become involved in a physical altercation when there is a disagreement. Unfortunately, any type of violent contact is prohibited under state law and a physical altercation can quickly spiral out of control, thus leading to an arrest and a conviction for battery. Considering the fact that so many factors go into play with physical altercations, and the fact that sometimes there are no eyewitnesses, it's absolutely critical to enlist the services of a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein. We are very familiar with assault and battery cases and we are very good at challenging all evidence and eyewitness testimony. Having a skilled attorney can mean the difference between going to jail and maintaining your freedom, and a clean criminal record. Call us at once if you are facing criminal charges in the greater Los Angeles area.
Contact a Los Angeles criminal laweyer at the firm by calling us toll free at (888) 232-6951.