Los Angeles Battery Defense Attorneys
What Is Criminal Battery?
In Los Angeles, criminal battery is defined as any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon another person. It's important to note that the force does not need to cause injury or harm, just the mere touch can be considered battery if it was done in a harmful or offensive manner. The key element of this offense is the intent and the action. If convicted, the penalties can vary from fines to imprisonment, depending on the severity of the incident and previous criminal history.
If you have been accused of battery, it can be a daunting and stressful experience. An experienced criminal defense attorney from Stein & Markus can provide the support and guidance you need during this challenging time. Our team is committed to defending your rights, offering comprehensive counsel, and working tirelessly to challenge the allegations against you. We understand the gravity of your situation and aim to provide compassionate, effective legal representation to help navigate the complexities of the legal system.
To learn more about how our Los Angeles battery defense attorneys can support you, call us at (562) 512-7030 for a free initial consultation.
Potential Penalties for a Battery Conviction
Los Angeles law takes battery offenses very seriously, and the penalties for a conviction can be severe. The specific consequences depend largely on the circumstances of each case, such as the severity of the action, the harm caused, and any previous criminal record.
For a simple battery conviction (Penal Code 242 PC), you could be facing up to six months in county jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. Moreover, a conviction may also include probation, community service, and mandatory attendance at a batterer's program.
If the battery caused serious bodily injury, it is considered a 'wobbler', meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. As a misdemeanor, penalties may include up to one year in county jail, whereas as a felony, it could lead to a prison sentence of two, three, or four years.
Furthermore, battery against special victims like police officers, firefighters, or healthcare providers can also result in heightened sentencing.
It's crucial to understand that these potential penalties can have long-term impacts on your personal and professional life. Legal representation from a seasoned attorney is therefore critical to ensure the best possible defense is put forward.
How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help if You’re Accused of Battery?
At Stein & Markus, our experienced attorneys are dedicated to providing a strong defense for those facing battery charges in Los Angeles. We believe that everyone deserves a fair fight, and we strive to make sure that your rights are upheld throughout the entire process.
Our legal team can support you by providing:
- Legal Guidance: We navigate the complex legal landscape on your behalf, helping you understand the charges against you, potential penalties, and the most appropriate defense strategies.
- Investigation: We conduct thorough investigations into the evidence and circumstances surrounding your case, seeking any discrepancies or weaknesses in the prosecution's argument.
- Trial Representation: We represent you in court, presenting a persuasive defense that challenges the prosecution's case.
- Plea Bargaining: If appropriate, we negotiate plea deals with the prosecution to reduce your charges or penalties.
- Post-Trial Support: Even after your case concludes, we provide post-trial support, assisting with matters like appealing a verdict or expunging a criminal record.
Remember, facing a battery charge doesn't have to mean the end of the road. With a dedicated, robust defense, it is possible to challenge these allegations effectively.
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