Battery Defense Attorney in Los Angeles
Arrested for Battery?
Battery is a violent crime, and depending upon the severity of the violence, and the injuries sustained by the victim, it can be classified as a felony or misdemeanor offense. Battery is often charged in association with assault, which is the threat of violence.
If you are facing battery charges, the punishments can be severe and life-altering. Contact a Los Angeles battery defense attorney from our firm today to get started on your defense. You must act quickly when it comes to defending against criminal charges, so don't hesitate to call our office today.
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Definition of Battery in California
Battery is the use of unwanted hitting, touching, or any other physical contact with an individual.
For an act to be charged as battery, the prosecutor must prove the following:
- That you acted willfully
- That violence or force was used
- That the act was committed on another individual and resulted in pain or injury
Even if there are no injuries on the victim, you can still be charged with battery if there is evidence of the above.
Penalties for Battery Charges
When facing battery charges, you need an attorney who can aggressively and powerfully defend you against your criminal charges.
Battery is a serious charge that can be punishable with:
- Community service
- Monetary fines
- Jail time.
A simple misdemeanor battery can be punishable by up to $2,000 in fines and/or up to 6 months in jail. If you are facing a felony battery, jail time can increase to up to 3 years. The more serious the charge, the higher the penalties.
Potential Defenses for Battery
There are many viable defenses that can be used when defending against battery charges, such as self-defense, defense of another person, or if you were defending your property.
An experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help you devise the defense strategy that works best for your case, and fight for you in your courtroom proceedings
PC 243(D): Battery With Serious Bodily Injury
California Penal Code § 243(d) is a subsection of the state's battery law. This section establishes enhanced penalties for a battery offense that results in serious bodily injury. According to California law, "serious bodily injury" refers to any serious impairment of another's physical condition. Common examples of injuries considered serious bodily injury include:
- Concussions and / or loss of consciousness
- Bone breaks & fractures
- Loss or impairment of bodily functions or organs
- Injuries requiring serious surgery
- Serious disfigurement
If convicted of battery with serious bodily injury, convicted individuals may face longer terms of imprisonment, including sentences up to two, thee, or four years, depending on the circumstances involved.
If you have been charged with battery, contact a Los Angeles battery attorney from our firm today. We may be able to have your charges reduced or dropped, and can fight for you in court.
Defending Your Rights
At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP we have over 50 combined years of criminal defense experience and are dedicated to defending our clients who are facing battery charges, or any other criminal charge, such as domestic violence, white collar crimes, or drug crimes. We have helped numerous clients over the years fight back and beat their criminal charges and we are ready to help you, as well.
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