San Diego Assault and Battery Charges

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If you have been charged with assault or battery, you are urged to contact a San Diego criminal defense attorney at The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC. Assault involves threatening to cause bodily harm to another person. Battery is actually causing the harm. The threat or action may involve offensive contact instead of actual harm.

These charges can result in jail time and need to be fought. Chances of having the charge dismissed are greatly improved by having the competent representation of an attorney. Until you have that representation you should not discuss the case with police or anyone else. What you say can be used against you and may seal your conviction.

Penalties for Assault and Battery

Assault and Battery are both misdemeanors. The jail term for each is 6 months in the county jail and if committed against a policeman or fireman the penalty is doubled to one year. Where the victim of the battery is hurt, the sentence is raised to 3 years in the penitentiary. Should the victim be seriously injured the charge becomes Assault with a Deadly Weapon which carries a 4 year sentence. Use of a firearm in the assault increases the sentence still further to 9 years.

Learn about the laws and penalties for Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery.

Need an experienced defense lawyer in San Diego, CA?

At The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, we offer strong and determined defense of clients charged with Assault and Battery. We thoroughly investigate the evidence of the charge. We look for gaps in the prosecution case that afford our clients a defense. We pay close attention to any confession. If the police do not follow established procedures, the confession can be thrown out.

We consider the case from all angles and present to the client his options. Where it is to the client's advantage and wish, we negotiate for a reduction of charges. Where necessary, our San Diego criminal defense lawyers are fully prepared to take the case to trial.

Contact a San Diego assault and battery defense attorney at the firm for a free consultation.