Beverly Hills Assault & Battery Defense Attorney

Protecting the Accused in California for Over 40 Years

Assault and battery are among the most common charges across the country. This is partly due to the fact that it is such an easy crime to commit. Anger and rage emerge out of everyday situations such as being cut in line at the grocery store or simply being insulted walking down the street. Many forms of media tell us it’s OK to react with force, whereas the California Penal Code then tells us quite otherwise.

Although this crime occurs every day in all parts of Los Angeles, it is no casual matter in terms of the law. If charged, you are facing serious consequences such as up to 6 months in county jail and thousands of dollars in fines. You will need the help of an experienced attorney to fight these consequences.

Defining Assault & Battery

You almost always hear these two words lumped together, and there is a good reason for that, but they are actually different charges. Assault refers to the intent or attempt to harm another individual, whereas battery refers to the actual carrying out of that intention or attempt.

The reason they are often coupled together is for the many instances wherein someone attempts to hurt another individual and that attempt is successful. Not every assault is also battery, because not every attempt is successful, but every battery is assault, if the harm done can be proved to be intentional.

Excellent Criminal Defense

There are many instances in which the harm done was unnecessary or completely disproportionate from what could be called self-defense, but you are not completely vulnerable to the often harsh and unforgiving judicial system when you harmed another individual because you need to in order to protect yourself. Below are three common defenses I will use if possible in representing you as a defendant:

  • You had reason to believe you or another individual was in danger.
  • You applied force in response to that threat.
  • The amount of force you used was necessary in protecting yourself or another individual.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, I can identify other ways in which I can defend you in this very serious charge. It happens every day, but this in itself is no legitimate legal defense. Contact my office today if you or someone you know is facing charges related to assault and battery and is in need of experienced, criminal legal defense.