Assault And Battery

Assault and battery are two of the most common, and most serious, violent crimes. Many believe the two have been combined into one offense because of how often they are charged together. However, they are actually two separate criminal offenses and punishable by law on two counts. Assault and battery may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the situation and method of assault.

The key element that ties the two crimes together in most situations is the intent to harm another person. However, the difference is that assault is an attempt to harm while battery is the actual use of violence against the victim. This means that if the prosecution can prove that someone, who did not actually physically injury anyone, had the intent to harm another person, they may be convicted of assault. A battery charge does not have to include violence to be punishable. In fact, any unsolicited physical contact of another person can be interpreted as battery.

Facing assault and battery charges in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, L.A. County, or Southern California? You need a tough attorney on your side today.

In today's society, there are many ways that someone can punish another person. One of those ways is by making accusations of criminal actions that are not true or that are exaggerated. However, assault and battery charges are extremely serious and even if they are processed as misdemeanors, the defendant can face lifelong consequences.

If you are facing charges of assault, battery or a combination of both, Ridley Defense can be your legal advocate. Contact a Ventura criminal defense attorney from our firm today to learn how we can defend you against your charges so that you can move on from this event.