Assault and Battery Oakland Criminal Defense Lawyers

There is often a lot of confusion surrounding a charge of assault and/or battery. While many people are charged with both, the truth is that these are two separate charges. Assault, Penal Code 240, is an action that could cause harm or an unwanted touch on a person. Battery, Penal Code 242, is the actual force, infliction, force, or harm on the person. While they are very similar in their definitions, there are slight yet distinct differences. You can find some specific examples in the video below. If you are being charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon, the penalties can be even harsher involving jail or prison
time.

When either of these offenses is committed against specific people such as law enforcement officers, a spouse or roommates, the penalty can change. Even more so if the victim is a vulnerable party, like a minor or elderly person. In addition, if either crime is committed when a weapon other than a hand or
fist is present, the consequences can be severe.

The good news is that there are many possible defenses to these charges, and an experienced Oakland criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.

Some possible defenses to assault and battery charges include self-defense, defense of others, and/or property. If you used reasonable force in order to defend yourself or someone else, you may have a valid defense to the charges. In addition, if you were protecting your property from theft or damage, you may also have a viable legal defense.

If you are being charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon or Battery with a Deadly Weapon, the penalties can be even harsher involving jail or prison time.

A  serious bodily injury can result in an aggravated assault charge, which is a felony. The use of a deadly weapon or the infliction of great bodily injury can also lead to increased charges and penalties.

Assault charges can have a major impact on your life, but an experienced Oakland criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the charges against you and develop a strong legal defense. An Oakland criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, protect your rights, and explore all possible defenses to the charges against you.

When either of these offenses is committed against specific people such as law enforcement officers, a spouse or roommates, the penalty can change. Even more so if the victim is a vulnerable party, like a minor or elderly person. In addition, if either crime is committed when a weapon other than a hand or fist is present, the consequences can be severe.

Consult with an Oakland Assault and Battery Attorney Today

If you have been accused or arrested for either assault, battery, or both, it is important to speak to a skilled criminal defense attorney to see what defenses may be available to you. This will ensure that all of the aspects of your case are explored, giving you the best chance of no jail or prison time. Contact the Lamano Law Office today and discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney.