March 2, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

The Southern California city of Santa Ana is a largely populated metropolitan area located in Orange County. Its corresponding river of the same name, the Santa Ana River, is one of the many natural occurrences in the Los Angeles landscape that claims the Santa Ana title, including Santa Ana Mountains, Santa Winds, Santa Ana Watershed, and Santa Ana Freeway-an interstate used by many of Santa Ana’s estimated population of over 13 million for commute and major travel. Its large population has gained the city honor in lists such as a U.

S. Census Bureau record of second biggest national metropolitan city and the number four most heavily packed with only New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago above in population. With the large tally of residents, as well as the many tourists and business travelers that come to Santa Ana, many of its people are unaware of the unfortunate conflicts that can occur, such as arrests for assault, or battery offenses.

Simple arguments occur daily; however, in many instances, an argument may escalate into a major altercation resulting in assault and/or battery. Section 240 of the California Penal Code states that a conflict between multiple parties does not have to become physically harmful or emotional detrimental for a participant to charge another with assault. At the very least, the intent to commit battery, or physical contact, is enough to charge anyone involved in the conflict with assault. California Penal Code Section 242 says that battery may be considered touch without consent. Despite what may appear to be a simple definition of battery, it is very common for those arrested for a battery crime to not be aware of the specific laws behind their charges or their legal rights in the situation. A skilled Santa Ana assault and battery defense attorney is able to properly define the law in such cases, and can provide answers and clear alternative explanations to defend an accused individual.

If you or a loved one has been accused of assault or charged with battery, the experienced Southern California criminal defense attorneys at Wallin and Klarich have the knowledge and skills to help you with your case. Wallin and Klarich’s aggressive Santa Ana lawyers have been assisting those in need of assault and battery defense for over 30 years, and also have a thorough background in defending a wide range of criminal cases.

Those charged with assault or battery may benefit from a number of defenses such as intoxication, self-defense, unable to act on a plan of harm, or even coming to the defense of another. For more information regarding how Wallin and Klarich can help you with your trial by creating a strong defense on your behalf, please call 888-280-6839 today or visit

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