Battery is categorized as a violent crime alleging that you intentionally struck or unlawfully touched another without their consent. A simple battery charge may result in a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to six (6) months. Aggravated battery may be charged if the person made physical contact causing serious or great bodily injury. If you or a loved one faces arrest or prosecution on charges of battery, it is crucial to contact an experienced Orange County battery defense attorney as soon as possible. A knowledgeable advocate will understand the different elements of the prosecution’s case and will know the ways to capitalize on all technicalities to achieve the best possible result.
Overview of Battery in California
Under California law, battery is a misdemeanor charged under Penal Code 242 pc. A common misconception is that the alleged victim must suffer physical or visible injury. Instead, a simple push or rudely grabbing another person’s arm suffices to warrant a battery charge. Battery charges often turn on the reliability of the government’s complaining witness. Often, a thorough investigation reveals that our clients were merely defending themselves from the purported victim. Common battery defenses include:
- Mistaken Identification
- Self-Defense or Defending Another
- Insufficient Evidence
Providing Effective Defense for Battery Charges
Our office provides the highest level of criminal defense to those facing battery accusations. We do not believe that the mere filing of charges in any way reflects the character of the accused. Understandably, people are placed in different situations that they cannot control and arrests result from either an accident or the product of misfortune.
Gathering the facts and devising an effective legal strategy requires an open dialogue and trust between both sides. Although every case carries different facts and considerations, we ensure our defense consists of exploring every avenue such as suppressing improperly obtained evidence, discrediting government witnesses, and conduct our own independent defense investigation.
Contact an Orange County Battery Lawyer
If you have been arrested or charged with battery in Orange County, then there’s no question that early intervention by a respected Orange County criminal defense lawyer is important to defend your rights. The longer one waits, the more liable critical evidence to mount in your defense becomes lost, destroyed, or is no longer available. Contact us today to schedule your free confidential case evaluation.