Assault and Battery Crimes
Ventura Assault Attorney
Assault is the attempted attack on another person, or the threat of physical attack, by a person who appears capable of committing bodily injury. The threat must cause the proposed recipient of the attack to feel uneasy, anxious or to fear immediate harm. Battery is the illegal touching of or striking of another without their consent. Assault and battery occurs when both offenses are committed during one incident.
It is possible for assault to occur without a battery, for example, if a person throws a rock at another person, the act of throwing it is an assault. If the rock actually makes contact with that person, a battery has also occurred. If there is serious bodily injury as the result of the battery, such as a concussion, broken bones, unconsciousness, or a serious wound that requires stitches, the crime is charged as a felony. Both assault and battery are serious crimes. If convicted, you may be incarcerated for up to four years.
Defenses Against a Charge
In my years of criminal defense experience representing clients accused of assault and battery, assault and battery cases often comes down to the plaintiff's word against that of the defendant. There may be many defenses that I can use when presenting your case such as:
- Self defense
- You were provoked
- The altercation was mutual
- The contact was accidental
I will use my investigative skills to talk with witnesses, review police reports, and speak with the alleged victim and use that information to create a strong defense. If we need to go to trial, I will use my extensive jury trial experience to pursue the most positive outcome on your behalf. As a former Senior Deputy District Attorney for many years, and as a Ventura criminal defense attorney, I understand the how the prosecution builds their case, and know what questions to ask that will work to your advantage when presenting your assault and battery or
domestic violence defense case.