Assault Defense Attorney in Sacramento County and Marin County
California charges assault as a violent crime, and it can come with stiff penalties. Assault is a threatened or attempted attack on another person. Prosecutors also often charge related crimes such as:
- Criminal threats
- Assault with a deadly weapon
Assault happens when a defendant tries to attack someone and they do not actually make physical contact. They could try to punch someone else and not make contact, or they could throw an object and miss. Simple assault is a misdemeanor and can result in a jail sentence of up to six months. It can still remain on your criminal record and impact the rest of your life.
California also has a category of aggravated assault if the defendant tried to commit serious bodily injury to another. This can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor.
Defenses to Assault Charges
You may have defenses to assault charges. One of the most common is self-defense, which asserts you were acting to prevent imminent harm to yourself from others. Another defense is that you did not do what you were accused of doing. Alleged victims often make false allegations or exaggerate to gain an advantage elsewhere. Further, assault requires that you actually have the intent to commit the crime, and you may not have intended to engage in the assaultive conduct. Prosecutors must prove every single element of the crime, including intent, and if they can’t, you cannot be convicted.
Either way, you need an attorney who will work with you to find every possible defense and fight against your charges. When you have defenses to your case, we will work tirelessly to minimize your consequences and be aggressive at every turn.
Experienced Sacramento County and Marin County Assault Defense Lawyer
Mason Law Office will work with you to get down to the bottom of your case. If there are any holes in the prosecutor’s case, our assault defense attorney will aggressively exploit them to vigorously fight for you. Contact us today or call us at (916) 587-2997 to schedule your free initial consultation.