Law Office of Lance Dacre

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Assault and Battery in California

If you are like most people, you have the mistaken perception that “assault and battery” is a single crime, similar to “drinking and driving.” In fact, the crimes of assault and battery are two distinct violations in California, as in most other states. Assault Under California law, an assault is essentially an attempt to cause […]

What is the Difference Between Assault and Battery?

The terms assault and battery are so commonly used in tandem that many people do not realize each is a separate offense, and the distinction between them. In California, assault and battery are defined under separate penal codes.

Defense When Charged with Assault and Battery

Assault and battery refer to a wide spectrum of actions, with highly subjective distinctions. A conviction at the lower end of the scale (simple assault or simple battery) may result in probation, a small fine, or a short jail sentence. Conviction for the most serious offenses, such as assault with a machine gun or assaulting a peace officer, have severe penalties—as much as twelve years in prison or a $10,000 fine and result in a strike under California’s Three Strikes law. Even a conviction for simple assault results in a criminal record and a host of related problems.

Do Not Take Domestic Violence Charges Lightly

California law calls for special penalties in cases of domestic violence (physical abuse involving those with close relationships). Relationships covered under the domestic battery law include those with your spouse, domestic partner/live-in or fiancée, the parent of your child, your former spouse or fiancée, or a person you used to date.


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