Assault and Battery/Assault with a Deadly Weapon


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Our Monterey assault and battery defense lawyers are extremely experienced attorneys who will create a powerful defense plan designed specifically for your case.  We will give you free, confidential and honest advice about the assault and battery charges you face.

Criminal Penalties in California for Assault and Battery

Our Monterey Assault and Battery attorneys will protect and defend you against the potential consequences of these charges.

While assault and battery are different crimes, convictions for either charge can result in a variety of possible sentences.  In the most serious circumstances, a conviction may be a strike under California's Three Strikes Law.  Some convictions can result in jail or prison time. But, often this is not the case.  Some convictions will lead to a ban on possessing firearms.

Defense Strategies for Assault and Battery Cases

Assault does not require physical contact - merely trying to hit someone is enough. However battery does require contact with another person.

We will discuss with you in confidence the possibility of a self-defense argument.  Other possible defenses to these charges are: defense of others; the amount of force used was only that which was needed; you did not have the ability to inflict harm; and, your action was not willful.

We will explain these laws and defenses to you and how how we will creatively defend your case and possibly get your charges dismissed.  Once charges are dismissed, or we win a not guilty verdict at trial, we can petition the court to seal your arrest record.

Assault and battery are typically misdemeanors, resulting in fines and possible jail time. Sometimes, people care most about protecting their criminal record. Penalties can be significantly reduced with an experienced defense lawyer on your side against the most serious or minor charges. Our Monterey assault and battery defense lawyers will have your back from the time we first talk with you until your case is thoroughly resolved.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

The charge of assault with a deadly weapon is typically a felony.  However, it is a "wobbler", so it can be filed as, or reduced to, a misdemeanor.  Someone convicted of an assault with a deadly weapon as a felony may face a strike and state prison time.

We have over twenty years of experience protecting clients facing assault charges.  Call a highly-qualified attorney who will protect and guide you beginning with a free and confidential consultation.  Do not talk to the police.  Call an attorney first.

At the Crawford Law Firm we have your back wherever you are in Salinas, Monterey, and all surrounding communities. For honest, creative legal representation and aggressive defense of your rights, contact us now at (831) 783-0222 now.

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The Crawford Law Firm has been committed to its clients for over fourteen years. With offices in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Salinas, CA, our focus is DUI and criminal cases in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties.

Free consultations are by appointment and we here to ease your mind and fight for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.