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What Is the Difference Between Assault and Battery in California?

The state of California defines “assault” as an attempt to intentionally injure or threaten to injure someone else. This broad legal definition means that you do not necessarily have to inflict harm on another individual to be charged, just the mere threat of violence is enough to warrant a conviction. “Battery” comes into play when physical contact occurs in an incident. Intentional and unlawful use of force adds battery to an assault charge, and elevates the crime to a higher classification with stiffer punishments.

California Penal Code 242 PC describes the offenses of assault & battery.

Penalties for Assault & Battery in California

If you are convicted of a simple assault in California, you could be subject to the following penalties:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Probation of up to six months

Battery convictions carry the following penalties:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • A fine of up to $2,000
  • Probation for up to one year

These consequences can increase significantly for a number of circumstances, particularly if a deadly weapon or force with the potential to seriously injure is used. Additionally, if the victim is a healthcare worker, officer of the law, school employee, highway worker, lifeguard, or public transportation employee, your penalty may significantly increase, including the possibility of being upgraded to a felony.

Fight Back Against Your Assault & Battery Charges

If you have been accused of assault and/or battery, it is not advised that you face the legal system alone. A skilled Modesto violent crimes attorney can provide you with legal counsel and advocacy you need to help clear your name and avoid the penalties of a conviction. The experienced lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner can provide you with the assistance you need to help win your case.

Don’t let an assault and/or battery charge jeopardize your future and well-being. The skilled Modesto criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner have the knowledge and determination you need in your corner to help you win your case.

Contact the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner and receive a free initial case consultation to start mounting your legal defense today.

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