Assault and Battery

It is important to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after you have been arrested for assault, battery, or another violent crime. Witnesses may soon become unavailable and they should be contacted and interviewed as soon as possible. You should not contact witnesses yourself, use your attorney and his licensed investigator. This will preserve attorney client privilege as well as protect you from a charge of witness tampering.

The penalties for both assault and battery range from probation to state prison, depending on the severity of the injury to the victim and whether a weapon was displayed, brandished or used.

I am criminal defense attorney Keith H. Rutman, and I provide criminal defense representation to clients in San Diego, Temecula, Murrieta and throughout Southern California. I can help you explore your full scope of legal options, aiming to dismiss the charge, reduce the penalties you potentially face, or avoid a conviction altogether.

Schedule a free half-hour consultation at my law office today to learn more. Call 619-573-4988 or 888-714-6354.

Understanding Your Charges

  • Assault is the threat of imminent harm or contact. California law defines an assault as an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit an injury on the person of another. No contact between the alleged aggressor and the victim has to take place — only the threat of contact.
  • Battery is a completed assault. California law defines battery as any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another. There must have been contact between the alleged aggressor and the victim to constitute a battery, although the contact can be minor.

I will look at the specific circumstances of your case to determine how best to build your defense, including whether there are facts that can explain or justify your actions. An important component of dealing with charges related to any kind of violent offense involves a thorough investigation, which I will conduct for you.

Contact Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law

To schedule a free half-hour consultation regarding assault and battery charges, contact my law office. Call toll free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988.

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