California has some of the strictest laws and punishments for violent crimes. As such, if you have been accused of or charged with assaulting another person, it is best to speak with an experienced Laguna Beach assault lawyer.

Our skilled criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry have earned a reputation for defending our clients aggressively and effectively. Our legal team has dedicated our careers to advocating tirelessly for our clients to protect their liberties and future.

What is an Assault Crime?

Assault is one of the most commonly committed violent crimes in the area. Individuals who commit this type of crime are pursued aggressively by local law enforcement and prosecutors and face strict penalties if convicted. California Penal Code 240 PC defines assault as a willful attempt to injure someone physically. Additionally, this offense is a wobbler, which means it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the seriousness of the alleged offense. Some common types of assault include battery, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and disturbing the peace.


California Penal Code 242 PC defines battery as the willful use of force or violence against another individual. It is important to note that the alleged victim does not have to sustain injuries for a battery to take place.

Battery is typically charged as a misdemeanor that carries penalties of up to six months in jail and fines of up to $2,000. If the victim sustained serious injuries, a defendant could be charged with either misdemeanor or felony battery. For these crimes, penalties include up to four years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Assault Defenses in Laguna Beach

Violent crime convictions can result in harsh long-lasting consequences. Therefore, it is essential to hire a seasoned assault defense attorney in Laguna Beach who could advocate aggressively on your behalf. Our skilled attorneys could build an effective defense strategy tailored to the specifics of your case. Several effective defenses could be pursued, including:

  • Self- defense or the defense of others
  • Lack of intent
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Mistaken identity
  • False accusation
  • No present ability to use force

Our legal team could perform a thorough investigation into the alleged incident and carefully analyze all evidence to determine a viable and persuasive defense strategy.

Penalties for Assaulting Someone

Prosecutors aggressively pursue assault charges and fight for convictions. Because of the seriousness of these offenses, the penalties for misdemeanor assault convictions include a maximum of six months in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, and probation. The penalties for felony aggravated assault include:

  • Up to four years in prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Felony probation
  • Restitution to the alleged victim
  • Confiscation of any weapon involved
  • Community service
  • Anger management classes

Consult with a Laguna Beach Assault Attorney

If you have been accused of or charged with assault, you are likely frightened and unsure of what to do. Time is of the essence in any criminal matter, so it is in your best interest to speak with a skilled Laguna Beach assault lawyer right away. Scott D. Henry and his legal team have over four decades of assault defense experience. Our long-standing relationships with local law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges help us negotiate effectively on your behalf toward a reduction or dismissal of your charges. Contact our office today for a free consultation with one of our leading attorneys.

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