An assault (Penal Code 240) is similar to a battery (Penal Code 243) which is, essentially, the “willful use of force or violence upon another,” only the actual act is not carried out. This means that there has been a threat that places the alleged victim under reasonable fear of physical contact with another person to which that other person has not consented. The terms assault and battery often go together, but not always.
There are several different types of assault and battery charges in California law:
Attorney David S. Chesley has successfully represented many people charged with assault and battery. After examining your case, he can propose many different types of defense, including:
An important factor in any assault and battery defense is the extent of the injury. If the alleged victim has slight or no injury, it most often is charged as a misdemeanor. If significant injury occurs, such as cuts requiring stitches or broken bones, then the offense is charged as a felony. In some cases, the offense may be charged as a strike under California's "three strikes" law.
Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc.
A Professional Law Corporation
4533 Van Nuys Boulevard, Second Floor
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Additional offices in the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.