Depending on the circumstances, assault charges can be made at either the misdemeanor or felony level. An experienced defense attorney will work with you to have the charges reduced to a misdemeanor level, thus reducing the severity of the consequences you might be facing. This is why it is especially important to seek representation as soon as you have been charged. If you wait, it may be too late to have the charges reduced and you may be facing the possibility of a felony on your record.
Contrary to popular understanding, “assault” and “battery” are not interchangeable terms. Assault is defined as an attempt to use force or violence that did not result in physical contact. Battery, on the other hand, involves physical contact. We defend clients against both assault and battery charges at the misdemeanor and felony levels, including:
Contact our firm today for a free consultation about your assault or battery charge.
Assault charges are frequently made as the result of extenuating circumstances. Places like bars or clubs where people are intoxicated and acting out of character can lead to situations where assault or battery charges are made. For example, defending your girlfriend’s honor at a club might lead to an assault charge. We don’t believe that you should suffer damage to your reputation for protecting someone else’s.
And your reputation isn’t the only thing at stake. Even misdemeanor level assault or battery charges can lead to expensive fines and jail time if you are convicted. Depending on the situation, you may also be required to complete community service and/or a batterer’s program. Having a misdemeanor conviction on your record can increase the chances that future incidents may be charged at the felony level. We are dedicated to helping our clients minimize or avoid these consequences.
Many times assault and battery charges are made against an individual who was actually acting in self-defense (especially if it was the other party who committed the assault/battery). Other times, there was no intention to harm or the situation was act of consent that was misinterpreted by an outside observer. In other cases, the defendant was wrongfully accused. Our goal is to work to understand the specifics of your situation so that we can craft the most effective defense plan possible.
If you have been charged with assault and battery in Newport Beach or anywhere in Orange County, we would be happy to meet with you for a free consultation. Contact us today.