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Assault, Battery, and Other Violent Crimes

The California criminal justice system takes a tough stance on all forms of violent crime, and having a violent crime on your criminal record can pose a serious difficulty for you in the future when you have to pass a background check for employment or housing. A conviction for a violent crime can also mean a harsh sentence including time in jail or prison, steep fines and a lengthy probation. In order to challenge the accusations brought against you, it is important to know your rights under the law and the specific reason for why you were accused.

Assault is among the most commonly charged violent crimes in Pasadena. Assault occurs when the perpetrator makes an unlawful attempt at carrying out an action that would result in the violent injury of the victim. This can include threats of physical violence, when the perpetrator is factually capable of carrying out the act. If the perpetrator comes into physical contact with the victim, the charge is battery. Assault and battery charges will be enhanced in cases where the perpetrator used a deadly weapon or caused serious injury to the victim.

The penalties for an aggravated assault charge will depend on three factors:

  • The type of weapon or instrument used
  • Whether or not the victim who was "assaulted sustained an injury
  • The nature and profession of the victim (police officer, firefighter, etc.)

Defending Violent Crimes in Pasadena

You may be able to argue for your innocence against charges of violent crime by demonstrating that you were acting in self-defense. There are other criminal defense strategies that may apply in your case, such as pointing to a lack of reliable evidence against you. Your Pasadena criminal defense attorney will study the police report and witness statements to find the approach that has the best chances of getting the charges dropped. Whether you have been charged with assault, battery, murder, rape or any other violent crime, you should make no delay in contacting a Pasadena criminal lawyer from our firm who can advise you of your rights and represent you throughout the case.

Don't hesitate to contact a Pasadena violent crime lawyer from our office to protect you against penalties.