Battery Defense Attorney in Sacramento County and Marin County
Battery is what happens when a defendant assaults someone and makes physical contact. It is the second half of assault and battery charges. According to California Penal Code § 242 PC, battery is unlawful and unwanted physical contact with another person. It could involve the following and more:
- Striking someone else
- Grabbing someone’s body or something connected to their body
- Unwanted sexual touching
- Throwing something at someone and hitting them
While the statute uses the word “force,” in reality, there is very little actual force required for battery. In fact, all it takes is any unwanted touching. There does not even have to be an injury. If the defendant acted in a rude or threatening manner and made contact, they can be charged with battery, and it is often based on the perspective of the alleged victims.
Battery can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Misdemeanor battery can be punished by up to six months in prison. The penalties rise when battery results in serious injury.
We Can Defend You from Battery Charges
You have every reason to vigorously contest the charges if there are any weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case. As your lawyer, we can work tenaciously to establish a number of defenses to battery charges. They include:
- You did not actually make contact
- You were acting in self defense
- The alleged victim was unreasonably threatened
- You had no intent to make contact
We will thoroughly investigate your case and use every angle to fight back on your behalf. The prosecutor is not always right, and we can work to prove it. When you have been charged with an offense like battery, you need a legal plan. That is what we provide.