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California Assault And Battery Crimes

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Assault and battery charges can be classified in two ways: misdemeanor and felony. People are often charged with a felony when the assault or battery results in serious injuries or is carried out using weapons, such as a baseball bat. The misdemeanor categorization is used when the incident, such as a fistfight, results only in minor injuries.

The punishment for a conviction of assault as a misdemeanor can include up to six months in county jail, probation and a maximum fine of $1,000. If convicted of assault as a felony, then punishment can include up to four years in state prison, probation and heavier fines.

Common types of assault and battery include:

  • Sexual battery (Penal Code 243.4)
  • Battery on a police officer (Penal Codes 243(b) and 243(c)(2))
  • Assault with a deadly weapon (Penal Code 245(a)(1))
  • Battery against a spouse (Penal Code 243(e)(1))

If you or a family member has been charged with assault or battery in California or you are a person of interest in an assault and battery investigation, contact Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, Los Angeles and Orange County criminal defense lawyers today at 424-552-3901 for a free case review.