Man Arrested On Suspicion of Assault and Battery After Tackling Referee – California Penal Code Section 242

By: Wallin & Klarich

It was recently reported that a man was arrested after tackling a referee in an adult soccer game. Charles Hayne, 31, was arrested on suspicion of felony battery after he allegedly tackled a referee. Haynes was playing in a league soccer game and had been ejected from the game. The referee had ended the game with 20 minutes left after a fight broke out on the field. As the referee was recording the final score, Haynes allegedly tackled him.

Assault and Battery are two separate charges. Assault, defined under California Penal Code Section 240, takes place when you perform an act that is likely to result in the application of force to another person. There is no requirement that an assault must actually result in a violent or forceful act upon another, only that you attempted to commit such an act, and had the ability to do so.

Hayne was arrested on suspicion of felony battery. Under California Penal Code Section 242, battery is the willful and unlawful touching of another person in a harmful or offensive manner. When a battery is committed against a person and serious bodily injury is inflicted on the person, the battery can be a felony and punishable by imprisonment in state prison for up to four years. Self-defense is the most common defense to this crime. Having an experienced assault and battery attorney can help you raise viable defenses to get the best possible result in your case.

If you or a loved one is facing assault and battery charges, it is important that you speak with an experienced assault and battery defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in handling all types of battery cases. Our attorneys are well-versed in all the up-to-date law and will provide you with the quality representation you deserve. Call us today at (888) 280-6839 or visit us on our website at We will be there when you call.

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