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Although many people think assault and battery are the same thing, that is not the case. In the state of California, these are two different crimes. However, sometimes, both crimes can occur within the same incident.

California Penal Code prohibits the willful use of violence or force against another person. The penalties for assault and battery in San Diego range from small fine several years in jail. Although that depends on the severity of the assault and/or battery, there are also other circumstances in which assault charges may be filled.

Retaining a San Diego Assault Lawyer is essential if you want to stay free after you have been accused. The lawyer you have chosen must be familiar with the California justice system. Patrick Griffin and his team at Griffin Law Office have the necessary experience to fight against assault and battery charges. Reach out to them if you want to improve your likelihood of a reduced sentence.

What is California Penal Code 242?

California Penal Code 242 PC defines battery as any willful and unlawful touch that is harmful or offensive. If you use force against another individual with the intent of causing physical harm, without the individual’s consent, you are committing battery. Battery breaches the comfortable personal area of an individual without their permission and causes them physical harm.

If a person touches an intimate part of another individual against his or her will for “the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse,” it is considered that the person is committing sexual battery. Sexual battery is a misdemeanor, and it is defined under Penal Code Section 243.4.

Verbally threatening an individual is considered as an assault, and possibly an attempt to commit battery. However, physically striking the individual is battery. If you are facing assault charges, keep in mind that Griffin Law Office is always available for initial case consultations. Contact them today and begin crafting your legal defense.

What Is Defined under California Penal Code 240?

An assault charge under Penal Code 240 PC may be filled when, for example, an individual attempts to injure another. An assault can trigger concern and fear of impending violence, although actual violence wasn’t inflicted. However, physical contact is not necessary for the person to be convicted. Any reasonable treat to an individual is considered to be assault.

In California, assault and aggravated assault involve a person deliberately harming another. An assault is performed by a treat of bodily harm combined with an obvious, present ability to cause the harm. Due to the fact that both assault and battery laws can be found in criminal as well as in civil law, either may lead to criminal and/or civil liability. In civil law, an assault that leads to an injury or harm is the basis for a legal claim by the victim.

If you are convicted of assault, punishment includes up to six months in prison, fines up to $1,000, community service, court-ordered education, or a combination of these penalties. But, if there was a use of a weapon or additional battery charges, penalties become more severe.

Assault and battery laws can be complex. If you are facing charges under multiple sections of the Penal Code after one incident, get help from a qualified law firm and experienced San Diego assault lawyer. We at Griffin Law Office understand how emotional and stressful it can be after being charged or arrested for a crime. Let us help you and use our courtroom strategies to advocate for you.