Have You Been Charged with Assault & Battery in Alameda or Contra Costa County?
Assault and battery are different offenses, but are often said together. It is not uncommon to be charged with both crimes or some combination of both. After an arrest for assault and battery, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced defense attorney in the Bay Area who can help to explain the charges and advise you on your best options.
What are the Possible Charges After an East Bay Arrest?
It is helpful to understand the differences between the various assault and battery charges that an individual could face in California. Some of the different types of charges that can be filed against you include the following:
- Assault: This is defined as the unlawful attempt of an individual to cause harm, injury, or death to another person
- Battery: This is defined as the unlawful and violent use of force against another person with the intent to cause injury, harm, or death
- Assault & Battery: Here, this is defined as the combination of intentionally threatening to harm another individual, and carrying out those intentions by actually causing harm, death, or injury
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon: This is defined as using a weapon to threaten, harm, injury, or kill another person
- Assault with a Firearm: This offense is defined as using a firearm to threaten, harm, injury, or kill another person
- Assault on a Police Officer: Technically, the charge can include police, firefighters, EMTs, and other code enforcement officials
- Battery with Injury
- Other violent acts committed with the intention of causing injury to another party
What Happens if You are Convicted of Assault and Battery in California?
If you are convicted of assault and battery in California, you could incur some harsh penalties. You could be sentenced with jail time, expensive fines, probation, restitution, counseling, and/or community service. In some cases, the assault and battery charge will be considered a felony and you will therefore face some additional penalties.
Who to Call After Being Charged with Assault & Battery in the East Bay
If you have been arrested on assault and/or battery charges in the Bay Area, take a moment to reach out to a legal professional in your area who understands the laws and can be an advocate for you. You have the right to be properly represented in court. Criminal defense attorney Lynn Gorelick has worked in the Bay Area for more than 30 years and has successfully represented those in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties who have been accused of crimes.
To schedule a free, initial consultation with Ms. Gorelick, please call 510.785.1444 or 925.847.3006.