Orange County Assault and Battery Lawyer

CALIFORNIA PENAL CODES 240, 242, & 243

Assaults and batteries are serious crimes in California, and a conviction can have severe consequences including jail time. If you are charged with assault and/or battery in southern California, a knowledgeable Orange County assault and battery lawyer is your best hope for protecting your freedom and your future. Call, Orange County assault and battery lawyer, Simon Budhwani, Esq. We routinely represent southern California clients facing assault and battery charges.

PENALTIES

Simple assault under California Penal Code 240 is usually a misdemeanor in California. In most cases the penalty for assault is a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 6 months in jail. Battery is also a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to 6 months in jail. But if you actually inflict serious injury on a victim, you face the tougher penalties that go with “battery causing serious bodily injury,” which may be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony.

If it is charged as a felony, battery causing serious bodily injury under California Penal Code 242 is punishable by 2 to 4 years in prison. Misdemeanor battery on a peace officer is a separate charge punishable by:

– probation for up to three years
– up to a year in jail
– a fine of up to $2,000 (and up to $10,000 if the officer suffers an injury)
– completion of a batterer’s program
– community service

California felony battery on a peace officer under California Penal Code 243(c)(2) or 243(d) is punishable by:

– probation
– 16 to 36 months in jail (or 2 to 4 years if “serious bodily injury” is inflicted)
– a maximum $10,000 fine
– a “strike” on your record under the California Three Strikes Law

DON’T LET THE WORST HAPPEN TO YOU

If you’re convicted of a third felony and you already have two prior strikes, you will be a “third striker,” and you’ll serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years to life in the California state prison system. Don’t let that happen to you. If you face any assault or battery charge in southern California, call, experienced Orange County assault and battery lawyer, Simon Budhwani, Esq. immediately at 714-249-2788 or email us today at: simon@corelawgroup.com.