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Attempting or threatening to harm another person, with the apparent means to carry out the threat, is considered to be assault. The unwanted touching or striking another person is the battery. As such, assault and battery are often combined in a criminal case. An assault and battery conviction may result in a “strike” on a person’s criminal record – as assault and battery are considered to be a violent and serious felony offense in California.
An attorney at Okabe & Haushalter may be able to help you if you have been arrested on assault and battery charges or aggravated assault charges in Los Angeles or the South Bay area. By reviewing your particular situation and case, we can determine how to effectively defend your case.
Self-defense, provocation by the alleged victim, mistaken identity, accidental contact and mutual combat may all be an explanation of why you were thought to have committed assault and/or battery, and your lawyer can utilize these defenses in court to help prove that you are not guilty.
In California, assault, and battery, along with other violent crimes, present a particular problem when they are charged as felony offenses. Under the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law, certain violent and serious felony convictions are classified as “strikes.” When a person receives a conviction for a second violent or serious felony, he or she will face double the penalties. A third conviction, even for a lesser offense, may result in 25 years to life in prison. This is just one of the numerous reasons a skilled defense lawyer is so important if you are facing assault and battery charges.
At our firm, we have the experience and the dedication to represent clients who have been charged with assault and battery in Southern California. When you work with an attorney at our firm, know that we are fighting zealously to protect your rights – and that we will not give up. We will utilize our experience and our resources in investigating your charges and defending your case in court.
Contact Okabe & Haushalter today to learn how we can defend you against assault or battery charges in the Los Angeles area!