I was arrested at a bar for assault and battery in Los Angeles. How can an experienced criminal lawyer help me get my assault and battery charge dismissed? (PC 240 – PC 242)
If you are facing charges of assault and battery in Los Angeles, your first step should be to contact an Assault and Battery Defense Attorney. The Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience successfully defending assault and battery cases in Los Angeles and are ready to help you.
Assault and Battery in Los Angeles
• Assault: Under Penal Code section 240, a prosecutor can charge you with assault if you attempt to injure another person, even though no physical contact is made. There is no physical contact necessary for a conviction of assault.
• Battery: Under Penal Code section 243, you may be charged with battery if there is any unwanted physical contact with a third-party that causes injury to the third-party. Touching a person’s clothes, car, and even objects in their hands can result in a battery charge.
Defenses to Assault and Battery in Los Angeles
The first step to getting your charges dismissed is to call the Los Angeles office of Wallin & Klarich. We can work with you and form the best possible strategy for your case. In our 30 years of work in Los Angeles, the Assault and Battery Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have successfully defended people facing assault and battery charges. Depending on the circumstances of your particular case, your Los Angeles attorney from Wallin & Klarich may use the following defenses:
1. Self Defense or Defense of Others
One of the most common defenses is self-defense or defense of others. In assault and battery cases, we can use this defense if:
• you believed you were under threat of violence OR
• if you believed you had to act to defend someone else.
Another assault and battery defense your Wallin & Klarich Los Angeles defense lawyer may use is consent. Consent means that the person you allegedly assaulted agreed to your offending conduct. In order for this defense to be successful, the injuries suffered must not be serious. Additionally, you must prove that the injuries were reasonably foreseeable.
3. Dispute the Elements of the Charges
We can also attack the elements the prosecutor has to prove. For example:
• For assault, we can dispute that you attempted or were able to injure someone.
• For battery, we can dispute that you acted “willfully.” Accidental or inadvertent contact will not satisfy the requisite intent component.
By using the defenses that apply best to your particular situation, we may be able to get your fines lessened and your charges reduced. It might even be possible to get your assault and battery charges dismissed altogether.
Finding a Los Angeles Assault and Battery Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one is facing assault and battery charges in Los Angeles, it is essential that you contact an experienced assault and battery defense lawyer who is familiar with such cases. With over 30 years of experience in the field, let the Los Angeles Assault and Battery Defense Attorneys from Wallin & Klarich defend you. We have offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Victorville.
Call us today at (888) 280-6839. We will get through this together.