The crime of battery is defined as “any willful or unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.” To be guilty of simple battery, there is no requirement that the defendant physically hurt the other person. Unwanted or offensive contact will suffice.
There are several types of battery crimes, ranging from simple misdemeanor battery, to felony battery with great bodily injury. The minimum and maximum fines and prison sentences vary depending on the severity of the charge. A simple battery is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment. A battery that causes great bodily injury can expose a person to several years in prison.
One of the most common battery crimes is domestic battery. More commonly referred to as domestic violence, this crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The Los Angeles city and district attorney’s offices vigorously prosecute domestic battery claims.
The skill and expertise of an experience criminal defense attorney is necessary to defend against battery charges.
If you or a loved one has been charged with battery, call the Champion Law Firm today to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Consultations are always free.
If you’re looking for a Los Angeles Battery Attorney, contact us today.