A battery (Penal Code 243) is, essentially, the “willful use of force or violence upon another.” This means any 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 battery charges in California law:
Attorney David S. Chesley has successfully represented many people charged with battery. After examining your case, he can propose many different types of defense, including:
An important factor in any 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.
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