Assault offenses in Westminster, California come in many forms but they all have one thing in common, they can all lead to jail time.
If convicted, the long-term consequences of a permanent criminal record that contains an assault conviction can be detrimental. It can affect employment, housing, immigration status, or even child custody arrangements. In some cases, the long-term impact can even outweigh the short-term penalties.
Therefore, it is important that you take an assault charge seriously and prepare the best defense possible.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian are experienced with Westminster assault cases and are capable of protecting your rights and defending you against potential jail time.
Call The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian today at 855-918-4253 to discuss your case and legal options. We are ready to defend you against your assault charge even if it means going to trial.
Assault is a type of violent crime and, as such, it is treated very harshly by the California justice system. Prosecutors aggressively seek convictions and California has some of the harshest punishments in the country for assault convictions.
Although classified as a violent crime, it is not necessary that the victim is injured by the assault. Only the attempt is necessary for an assault charge. Assault is defined as:
“…an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another.”
Depending on the severity of the alleged assault crime, it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
The terms assault and battery are often misused or used interchangeably. However, these terms are distinctly different and must not be confused. While both are considered violent crimes, there is an important difference: assault does not require physical contact while battery does.
Just like with assault, there are varying degrees of battery. The degree of battery charged will depend on the circumstances, the amount of force, whether a weapon was used, and the type of weapon.
Battery is generally considered a more serious crime and carries harsher penalties than assault because physical contact occurs that can lead to serious injuries.
However, the lack of contact with another person should not downplay the severe penalties that come with an assault conviction in Westminster, CA. It needs to be taken seriously and you must prepare a viable defense to avoid potentially life-changing penalties.
Depending on the severity of the assault, it may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
The prosecutor’s decision will be based upon the extent of injury that would have resulted if the defendant’s alleged attempt to injure the victim had been successful, whether a weapon was used and the type of weapon.
A felony assault charge is reserved for an assault with the greatest potential for serious injuries. An assault that is considered a “serious felony” will qualify as a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes law.