If you have been charged with a violent offense, you need an experienced Ontario assault lawyer on your side – one who has a proven track record of success defending these criminal cases.

Our criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Henry are committed to providing skilled, aggressive legal representation throughout the entire criminal process while protecting your best interests. We could thoroughly investigate the alleged incident, meticulously review the evidence, run background checks on the alleged victim and any witnesses, skillfully question eyewitnesses and obtain and review any video surveillance footage. We leave no stone unturned in our quest to get you the most favorable resolution possible.

What Actions Constitute Assault?

Assault is a violent crime defined under California Penal Code 240 PC as an unlawful threat or attempt to injure another individual. Physical contact or injuries do not need to occur for the crime of assault to have taken place. If physical contact or injuries do occur, the act would be considered a battery. Some assault crimes include simple and aggravated assault, aggravated battery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, domestic battery, sexual battery, and disturbing the peace. Depending on the type of assault crime with which you are charged, speak with an Ontario assault lawyer to discuss how to best move forward with your case.

Violent crimes such as assault are punished severely. A misdemeanor simple assault conviction carries penalties that include up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Felony assault convictions carry a much harsher sentence of up to four years in state prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Simple Assault vs. Aggravated Assault

A simple assault is a threat or attempt to injure another person. An aggravated assault involves a clear intent to commit serious bodily injury to another individual. Simply put, an assault is considered aggravated when it is apparent that the perpetrator wanted to inflict serious injuries or even death upon the alleged victim. Aggravated assault is considered a “wobbler,” which means it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor aggravated assault conviction carries a sentence of up to one year, a maximum fine of $10,000, and probation. Additional penalties may also be imposed, including restitution, confiscation of all weapons, community service, and anger management classes. A lawyer in Ontario could further explain what to expect in a simple assault case compared to an aggravated one.

Defenses to Assault Charge

Facing an assault charge is a serious situation. Fortunately, a skilled violent crime defense attorney in Ontario could create an effective strategy to defend you against these assault charges. Some common defense arguments in these cases include:

  • Self-defense or the defense of others
  • Lack of intent
  • Insufficient or untrustworthy evidence
  • False accusation
  • Mistaken identity

Consult with an Ontario Assault Attorney

If you have been accused of or charged with a violent offense, we strongly urge you to consult with our leading Ontario assault lawyers. We offer a complimentary consultation to help you understand the details of your charges, what your legal options are, and how best to move forward to obtain a favorable resolution.

Our seasoned attorneys have a proven track record of success defending those facing serious violent crime charges. We implement aggressive strategies and fight tirelessly to get our clients the best possible outcome. Our dedicated legal team could do everything within our power to protect your rights are and freedom.

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