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Assault and Battery Defense Lawyer
Have you been arrested for the crime of assault or battery?  Here
is the law as it pertains to California:

Penal Code.  Each offense can either be a misdemeanor or a
felony depending upon the injury involved and the relationship
of the alleged victim to the perpetrator and whether the victim is
Assault and Battery are criminal offenses under the California in
a protected class of persons.  The District Attorney can also
charge various "enhancements" such as one involving great
bodily injury, which is a "strike".  A Lawyer can help explain the
differences between the many crimes and the defenses available.  
The following is a summary of the more common types of these
offenses:

Penal Code § 240. Assault defined
An assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability,
to commit a violent injury on the person of another.  No injury is
required.

Penal Code § 242. Battery defined
A battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence
upon the person of another.  No injury is required.

Battery  is committed whenever there is the slightest intentional
touching, even though there is no intent to harm, and even
though the degree of force used is unlikely to cause harm. Since
the crime does not require an intention to do any act that would
be judged to be evil by generally accepted community standards
of morality, battery is not a crime of moral turpitude, for
purposes of determining whether it may be used for
impeachment, even though it may unintentionally result in
serious bodily injury.

When a battery is committed against the person of a peace
officer, custodial officer, firefighter, emergency medical
technician, lifeguard, process server, traffic officer, code
enforcement officer, or animal control officer engaged in the
performance of his or her duties, whether on or off duty,
including when the peace officer is in a police uniform and is
concurrently performing the duties required of him or her as a
peace officer while also employed in a private capacity as a part–
time or casual private security guard or patrolman, or a
nonsworn employee of a probation department engaged in the
performance of his or her duties, whether on or off duty, or a
physician or nurse engaged in rendering emergency medical care
outside a hospital, clinic, or other health care facility, and the
person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know
that the victim is a police officer, custodial officer, firefighter,
emergency medical technician, lifeguard, process server, traffic
officer, code enforcement officer, or animal control officer
engaged in the performance of his or her duties, nonsworn
employee of a probation department, or a physician or nurse
engaged in rendering emergency medical care, the battery is a
felony punishable by a  base fine not exceeding two thousand
dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not
exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

The Burbank City Prosecutor will usually file all misdemeanor
charges, while the Los Angeles District Attorney file all felony
counts. Our office defends both felonies and misdemeanors.  In
cases where injury was caused, the prosecutor can file a GBI
enhancement or a felony Battery with Serious Injury charge.
Defenses range from self defense to misidentification and our
Torrance Criminal Defense Attorneys have experience in getting
these charges dismissed in Court.

The crimes of both assault and battery are serious in that they
can be punished by jail.  If you or someone you know has been
arrested or charged with either of these two offenses,
call us today
for a free consultation regarding your rights, defenses and
possible options to try and get the charges dismissed.

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Matthew J. Ruff, Esq.
Attorney Matthew Ruff