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Long Beach Aggravated Assault Defense Lawyer

Representing Those Charged with Aggravated Assault

Under California Law, assault involves any attempt to commit an injury upon another person. Prosecutors come down hard on individuals suspected of assaulting another person. In such cases, defendants could face jail time and fines for simply acting in a way that could result in the application of force upon another. Those penalties increase considerably if the prosecution charges an individual with aggravated assault for attempting to cause great bodily injury and could result in a "strike" under California's "Three Strikes Law".

The Difference Between Assault and Battery

Assault and battery are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they have different meanings under California law. Assault refers to the attempt to inflict harm while battery is a completed assault. An individual could face simple assault charges for attempting to cause physical harm and aggravated assault charges for attempting to cause harm with a deadly weapon. Those charges could be elevated if you actually make contact and cause harm. For example, aggravated battery is when someone causes serious injury and/or used a deadly weapon or another instrument capable of producing great bodily injury.

Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault

The main difference between simple assault and aggravated assault is the gravity of harm that occurs or is likely to occur if the assailant attacks the victim. Simple assault can be elevated to aggravated assault if the prosecution can prove that the defendant intended to cause great harm. For example, attempting to strike someone may result in aggravated assault charges instead of just simple assault if the prosecution believes that the alleged assailant intended to continue striking and injuring the victim before being stopped.

Understanding Aggravated Assault Charges

A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he or she tries to cause serious bodily injury willfully or with reckless disregard for the value of a human life. Prosecutors may also charge an individual with aggravated assault when they believe that he or she knowingly tried to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon. An aggravated assault defense lawyer can help determine whether the crime is an assault or a battery. In order to obtain a conviction, the prosecution must prove that the defendant:

A person who is convicted of aggravated assault faces severe penalties including a fine of up to $2,000, up to one years in jail, up to six months of probation, community service and loss of the right to own or possess weapons.

Steps to Take After an Arrest

Whether you are facing assault or battery charges, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights and reputation. The prosecution will move quickly to build a case against you and secure a conviction. It is best not to talk to the authorities because anything you say is oftentimes misinterpreted and then can and will be used against you. Instead, request to speak with an experienced aaggravated assault defense lawyer and exercise your right to remain silent.

Consequences of an Arrest and Conviction

Any arrest or criminal conviction carries a stigma that can immediately affect you professionally and socially. The negative consequences associated with an arrest on suspicion of assault could increase dramatically if you are not only arrested but also convicted. This is why it is not advisable to admit guilt or even to agree to a plea deal without first considering fighting the charges. In addition to jail time and heavy fines, you will likely face probation, community service and be required to participate in an anger management or other counseling program.

Fighting the Charges

There are many potential defenses to aggravated assault. You may be able to have the charges reduced to simple assault or to have the case thrown out completely if you can prove that you were acting in self-defense. You can even argue that you were acting in defense of others or that the incident was an accident. All possible options should be considered before making any decision that could have a long-term impact on your personal and professional life.

The experienced Long Beach aggravated assault defense lawyers at The Amer Law Firm can utilize various defense strategies effectively to help reduce the charges against you or have them dismissed altogether. Our defense lawyers will draw from years of experience and diligently review your case to develop a solid defense to achieve the best possible results. Please contact us at (866) 431-2637 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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