Assault & Battery / Domestic Violence
If you have been charged with assault and battery in California, it is important that you speak with a San Luis Obispo assault and battery lawyer as soon as possible. Jeffrey D. Stulberg Law Office has successfully represented clients throughout San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast who have been charged with violent crimes, such as assault and battery. With us on your side, you have a chance of having your charges reduced, having your sentence decreased or even having your case dismissed. While the outcome of every case depends upon the circumstances that are involved, we will continually fight to protect your best interests and do everything possible to obtain a winning outcome for your case.
What is the Difference Between Assault and Battery?
People often wonder what the difference between assault and battery is. In legal terms, assault is defined as the threat of bodily harm with the ability to cause bodily harm. Therefore, if a person issues a threat to inflict bodily harm, it is not considered assault. Yet, if the person issues a threat and follows up with an action such as raising a hand to strike another person, it can be considered assault. In the state of California, assault charges are either categorized as simple assault or aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is a more violent offense and may involve the use of a weapon.
Battery is any unwanted physical contact with a third-party that causes injury to the third-party. In the state of California, people can be charged with simple battery, sexual battery or aggravated battery.
As you can see, the difference between assault and battery is that assault is threatening to cause physical harm and possible action whereas battery is actually causing bodily injury.
Domestic Violence Lawyer
People may be charged with domestic violence if they engage in abusive behavior against a person with whom they have an intimate or familial relationship. Domestic violence may take many forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse or even financial abuse. In the state of California, most domestic violence charges are considered misdemeanors, but should always be taken very seriously as conviction can lead to jail time or even stiff fines.
If you are facing domestic violence charges, you absolutely need to hire a domestic violence lawyer who has the experience and ability to help you avoid conviction. At Jeffrey D. Stulberg Law Office, we have 20 years worth of experience helping people combat their domestic violence charges and have obtained great successes on behalf of our clients.
If you would like to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a San Luis Obispo criminal defense lawyer, contact our practice now.