Assault and Battery in California: Self Defense a Fine Line

By: Wallin & Klarich

I Am Being Charged with Assault and Battery: Do I Really Need A Criminal Lawyer for Assault and Battery Charges?

Corporal InjuryUnfortunately, California assault and battery crimes not easily defined. An assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. Penal Code 240. A battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another. Penal Code 242.

In our modern age where we learn so much information from the internet and television, our perceptions of what is assault, battery, and most importantly self-defense has been skewed. If someone swings and misses and you swing and hit, you may think your actions were in self-defense. However, in the eyes of the criminal justice system, self-defense can be very different. The most common misconception is that you can swing back as many times and with anything you want, since you were attacked first. This is not always the case, and in many cases the District Attorney and the Judge will view what you did as use of “excessive force” that goes above and beyond simply “defending” yourself, which is what the law allows.

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