Santa Monica Battery Lawyer
Were you charged with battery?
To be charged with battery is a serious offense, and punishable under the California Penal Code 242. It is the willful and unlawful use of force or violence to achieve unwanted physical contact. This does not necessarily imply that significant bodily injuries were incurred, but it does imply that physical contact was made. In the event that the battery did result in serious physical injuries, it would fall under Penal Code 243 as battery causing serious bodily injury. The prosecution must prove that you willfully used force or violence upon another. Other California battery statutes include, domestic battery, sexual battery, battery of a police officer or protected civil servant, and battery perpetrated on school, park or hospital property. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances involving the crime, the criminal history of the offender and the gravity of the injuries incurred.
A Santa Monica criminal defense lawyer at Lessem & Newstat has extensive experience with battery charges and criminal defense cases. Our vigorous defense strategies and reputation throughout Los Angeles for having won over 200 jury trials will give you the confidence in our ability to protect your rights.