If you have been charged with assault, you face serious life-long consequences. In these situations, it is essential to speak with an experienced Orange County assault lawyer immediately. Our highly sought-after criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry have over 40 years of combined experience. Additionally, our legal team has intimate knowledge of how alleged assault crimes are investigated and prosecuted locally. That knowledge allows us to defend your rights and freedom effectively. When faced with these charges, your future depends considerably on the outcome of your case. That is why it is vital to have experienced and aggressive legal representation by your side.

What is Considered Assault in Orange County?

According to California Penal Code 240 PC, assault is conduct that causes an individual to believe they are in danger of being physically injured. Some of these crimes include sexual assault, criminal threats, domestic violence, assault on a police officer, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In California, these offenses can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the nature and seriousness of the alleged crime. To get a conviction in these cases, the prosecution must prove:

  • You did something that would typically result in the use of force.
  • You intentionally and willfully did so.
  • You were aware the act would have likely resulted in force being applied to the other individual.
  • You had the ability to apply force to the individual.

Defenses for Assault Charges

Assault is considered a violent crime and is strictly punished by local courts. However, there are several solid defenses for assault one of our skilled attorneys in Orange County could pursue. Effective arguments may include self-defense or the defense of others, mistaken identity, wrongful accusation, a lack of intent, or a lack of an ability to inflict harm or force. No two cases are the same. The appropriate strategy would ultimately depend on the circumstances of your case. A lawyer in Orange County could help prepare a defense that is best suited for your assault case.

Penalties for Violent Crimes in Orange County

Law enforcement, District Attorneys, and judges take violent crimes seriously, and as a result, thoroughly investigates assault allegations to build a strong case against an alleged perpetrator. District Attorneys and judges aggressively prosecute and harshly punish these cases as well. A misdemeanor simple assault conviction carries penalties of:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • Misdemeanor probation
  • Fines of up to $1,000

A misdemeanor or felony aggravated assault conviction carries penalties of:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Probation
  • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Community Service
  • Restitution to the alleged victim
  • Mandatory anger management classes

An Orange County attorney could help you minimize the potential penalties you may be facing as a result of the assault allegations against you.

Speak with a Leading Orange County Assault Attorney

Being charged with an assault crime can cause fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Our legal team understands you are unsure of the possibilities and what your future may hold. That is why it is crucial to have an Orange County assault lawyer who could provide superior legal representation.

Our highly regarded defense attorneys at The Law Office of Scott D. Henry could guide you through the criminal process and fight aggressively to ensure your rights and freedom are being protected. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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