San Diego Assault & Battery Defense Attorney
Are you facing criminal assault charges? Assault with a deadly weapon? Aggravated Assault? Did you intend to use force or violence against someone else? Were you protecting yourself? The highest-rated assault defense attorneys at Spital & Associates are dedicated to helping you stand up for your rights. Our goal is to protect our clients and keep their records clean, to the greatest extent possible.
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Our San Diego assault lawyers have been doing this for a long time. We know the ins and outs of criminal defense and the strategies that bring results. Founder Samuel Spital has more than 39 years of legal experience, including experience as a criminal prosecutor. He uses that experience to relentlessly fight for his clients’ individual needs and rights.
What is Assault & Battery
Assault and battery is a “violent crime” that can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the nature and extent of injury to the other person. For example, a minor injury assault and battery case is likely a misdemeanor.
There are two types of assault:
- Simple assault: A simple assault is a threat of bodily harm without the use of a weapon or dangerous instrumentality.
- Aggravated assault: When someone uses a weapon and threatens great bodily injury, he or she can be charged with aggravated assault or assault with a deadly weapon.
You DO NOT have to hit someone to face assault charges. If you allegedly touched someone, you may face charges for battery (simple battery or aggravated battery).
Defense Against Assault and Battery Charges
To prove assault, the prosecution must show that you intended to hurt someone. If you didn’t intend it, you have a defense. You also have a defense if you were acting in self-defense, defending someone else or defending certain property.
Did you, in fact, harm the person? Was the other person the aggressor? Did he or she lie? We will look at all of the evidence and provide your side of the story to the prosecutors or the court.
If you are guilty of assault and the evidence is against you, our San Diego battery defense attorneys will focus on negotiating alternative sentencing with the prosecutors. We can also fight to have the charges reduced (for example, from a felony to a misdemeanor).