Assault and Battery - Criminal Lawyers
What is Assault and Battery?
A Battery is any physical contact with another person, to which that other person has not consented. An Assault is an attempt to commit a battery.
If You are Accused of Assault and Battery
There are serious consequences for a Criminal Assault and Battery Conviction:
- It could be on your record for life
- Probation or parole
- Anger management classes
- Significant fines
- Loss of the right to possess firearms
You Can Also be Held Civilly Liable to the Victim in a Private Lawsuit
You may be forced to pay for the victims:
- Physical injuries
- Discomfort (pain and suffering)
- Direct out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Expenses incurred for hospital visits
- Prescription drugs
- Lost time from work
- Damages for emotional injuries
Likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on the following factors:
- The severity of the assault and battery
- Attitude of community and court toward this type of crime
- Mitigating/aggravating circumstances
- Prior convictions
- Whether or not a weapon is used
What are Some Defenses to an Assault and Battery Charge?
Possible defenses to an assault and battery charge include:
- Self defense
- Defense of others
- Factual innocence - it wasn't you
- Lack of intent, such as an accident
- Defense of property
Accused of an Assault and Battery?
If you are accused of an Assault and Battery, you should speak to a criminal defense attorney immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the complicated legal system.
Victims of an Assault and Battery
If you are a victim of an Assault and Battery, you should call the police. If there is sufficient evidence, the police will then forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the person who committed the assault and battery against you.
Consult a Lawyer - Present Your Case Now!
Last Modified: 12-23-2013 12:32 PM PST
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