Charlie Sheen is Accused of Assault: What this Means and How an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help Him Avoid Jail
On December 29, 2009, CNN reported that Charlie Sheen’s Wife, Brooke Mueller, has accused Mr. Sheen of threatening to have her killed. CNN reports that Mueller alleges Sheen said, "I have ex-police I can hire who know how to get the job done, and they won't leave any trace," as he held her down with a knife.
Sheen was arrested on Christmas Day and is being charged with assault, menacing with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief. He posted $8,500 bond and was released.
To be convicted of assault under California Penal Code section 240, the prosecuting agency must prove (1) that you "willfully" acted in a way that would likely result in physical contact with another, (2) that you were aware that your "act" would likely result in that physical contact, and (3) that when you "willfully acted" you had the ability to follow through with the act that would cause that contact. It is important to note that "physical contact" means any touch, no matter how slight, if the touch is done in an angry, harmful or even offensive manner.