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  • Assault Law: Defenses and Possible Sentences

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    Convictions for assault charges in California can vary greatly depending on several factors including: the defendant’s past criminal history and the severity of the alleged crime. ¬†Therefore, if you have been accused of assault consulting a legal professional is recommended. ¬†Below are some highlights of California’s assault and battery laws:

    California state laws allow a prosecutor to pursue charges of aggravated assault or aggravated battery in the most serious cases. The prosecutor must show an “aggravating circumstance” to elevate the charges against the defendant. For example, use of a deadly weapon is often considered an aggravating circumstance that can elevate a charge to aggravated assault or aggravated battery. Another example of aggravated assault is assault with the intent to commit a felony such as murder or rape.

    Defenses
    Consent to the act or activity
    Self-defense
    Defense of another person
    Defense of a home or personal property

    For a simple assault, the Penal Code sets a maximum fine of $1,000, a maximum sentence of imprisonment in county jail for six months, or both. The penalties can increase to $2,000 or one year of imprisonment, however, if the victim of the crime is one of the persons specified by the Penal Code, such as an on-duty peace officer, or if the crime happens in a specified location such as a school or public park.

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