Assault and Battery
Our firm has extensive experience handling a wide range of criminal defense cases
throughout Orange County, Los Angeles and all of California.
Orange County Criminal Defense lawyer Jennifer Le is an experienced and highly skilled trial attorney who can defend clients charged with assault and battery in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, or anywhere in California. Assault and battery are violent crimes that may count as a strike on an individual’s criminal record, meaning enhanced penalties for a second strike and a possibility of life in prison for a third criminal conviction, even when it is not a violent or serious crime.
Assault and battery are two separate criminal charges often grouped together in criminal cases. Assault is the attempt or threat of violence and battery is the actual, intentional touching or hitting of another person, against their will. Jennifer Le is an experienced attorney who is also a former prosecutor. Her unique perspective allows her to be more effective in assault and battery cases, she understands what to look for in terms of the prosecuting attorney’s weaknesses and how to anticipate what will be needed to secure an acquittal.
A penalty for a simple misdemeanor battery conviction may be up to 6 months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. The penalty for simple misdemeanor assault may be up to 6 months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Felony assault and battery is punishable by state prison sentences. In addition, enhancements may add many years on your sentence. An enhancement is an action that results in additional penalties. Some examples are the following:
Self -defense, mistaken identity and lack of physical evidence are all means to successfully defend assault and battery charges. Attorney Le and her staff will thoroughly review the circumstances of your arrest to determine exactly how to best defend your case. It may be that law enforcement illegally entered your premises or collected evidence in a manner that violates your rights. As an experienced defense lawyer, Jennifer Le will use this and any other information, evidence or testimony in order to weaken and destroy the prosecution’s case against you.