Understanding assault and battery is sometimes difficult. Often, the crimes are charged together. Therefore, many people consider them to be a single crime. The truth is, you can be charged with assault and battery separately. However, battery typically isn’t charged without assault even though the reverse is not always true. Criminal Charges can often be complex but here’s what you need to understand about assault and battery and how you can protect your rights after being charged with this crime.
Assault is defined as the threat of bodily harm, even if no actual bodily harm occurs. However, the threat must be great enough that it’s considered reasonable for the victim to fear for his life or safety.
Battery occurs when a victim has actually sustained physical harm. People often threaten bodily harm before actually committing the act. This is why a battery is often charged along with assault.
Not all violence against someone else is considered illegal. However, to be convicted of battery, you must have engaged in unlawful violence. Here are some examples of violence that is lawful:
As with any criminal case, in order for a conviction, the prosecution must prove several things. These include, but are not limited to:
If you’ve been charged with assault and/or battery, you could be facing stiff criminal penalties. Stand up for your rights under the law with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact us today by calling (626) 600-3437.