Assault & Battery

Violent crime in Orange County and across California is on the rise. In response, the state legislature has enacted laws that strictly punish those who are found guilty of committing a violent crime such as assault and battery. A conviction for a violent crime in California could result in a sentence of up to life in prison.

Assault & Battery

Assault and Battery and Other Violent Crimes in California

Assault and battery are very serious crimes in California. Basically, assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with the realistic ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. Battery occurs when an assault escalates to actually committing a violent injury on the person of another.

Assault and battery is only one example of a violent crime in California. Other violent crimes include:

  • Arson
  • Carjacking
  • Criminal (terrorist) threats
  • Domestic violence
  • Extortion
  • False imprisonment
  • Gun crimes and weapons charges
  • Homicide/murder/attempted murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Voluntary and involuntary manslaughter
  • Mayhem
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Sexual abuse
  • Threats to victims and witnesses

Penalties for Being Convicted of Assault and Battery in Orange County CA

Have you been arrested and charged with assault and battery or some other violent crime in Orange County, CA? You could be facing serious fines and jail time. In addition to the possibility of life in prison for some violent crimes, you could also be facing fines of up to $2000, probation, be ordered to pay restitution to your victims if convicted, and have to serve up to 85% of your sentence before being eligible for parole. Many violent crimes are “strike” offenses under California’s “Three Strikes” Law. Three convictions for strike offenses could result in a lifetime jail sentence.

A conviction for any violent crime in California could have a serious impact on your future. The conviction will remain on your permanent record and could make it hard for you to qualify for certain jobs, obtain personal loans, and could be used against in any child custody or child visitation proceedings.

Jim Tanizaki Will Protect Your Rights

It’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your rights and ensure you get a fair trial. If you’ve been arrested for assault and battery in Orange County, CA, contact the law offices of violent crime defense attorney Jim Tanizaki.

Jim Tanizaki is a former Orange County DA turned criminal defense attorney. This unique experience provides him with valuable insights into how a prosecutor will try to obtain a conviction. No matter how airtight the prosecutor’s case may look, there are always ways to counter the state’s charges against you.

Defense Strategies to Avoid Conviction of a Violent Offense

In order to be convicted of assault and battery or another violent crime in Orange County, CA, the prosecution must prove you are guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. There are many defense strategies that can place doubt in the minds of a judge and jury when it comes to deciding guilt or innocence. Depending on the circumstances in your case. these can include self-defense, mistaken identity, or defense of others or your property.

Don’t delay seeking legal representation. Find out what your legal options are. Call the law office of Orange County, CA violent crime attorney Jim Tanizaki at (714) 655-7633 or contact us through our website to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.