Your First Call When
Charged With A Crime

Photo of Robert Ernenwein and Michelle A. Mathes

Your First Call When
Charged With A Crime

Photo of Robert Ernenwein and Michelle A. Mathes
Photo of Robert Ernenwein and Michelle A. Mathes

California Assault And Battery Crimes

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.

Practice Areas