Los Angeles Assault Lawyer
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP YOURSELF IF YOU HAVE AN ASSAULT CASE PENDING IN ONE OF THE LOS ANGELES COURTHOUSES?
Obviously assault is not the crime of the century, however, if you want to keep your record clean, then there are a number of different things that can be done to help you do just that. There are diversionary programs and other alternative sentences that can be negotiated on your behalf by a seasoned attorney. What I like to do with potential client is sit down face to face and go over what the realistic options might be for their case. I find that if the client is honest with me and gives me all of the information related to their case, then I can usually give them a pretty good idea of what they are facing and what the likely outcomes could be if the case is handled the right way. This tends to put the client at ease because now they know what they are up against and what they can do to help their situation.
There are a number of things that can be obtained in order to help your attorney help you if you have an assault case pending in one of the Los Angeles courts. Characters letters from people who know you is always something that can be used to show the judge and the prosecutor that you are a good person and should be given a break. Also, if you have a good job and a family the prosecutor and judge will take these facts into consideration and be much more open to giving you a chance to keep your record clean. The circumstances that led up to the subject issue are always something that can be used to assist you in the appropriate case. If the alleged victim is partially to blame for what happened, then obviously that is something we will discuss in determining what the best options are for you. The judge will also look at what if any damage you caused to the alleged victim. Whether they are out an money or injured in anyway. There are so many different factors that bear on how the case will be resolved, your best bet is to come in for a consultation so we can begin the process of getting this matter behind you.
WHAT IS ASSAULT
In California, unlike other states, we separate assault and battery into two different offenses. Assault is defined in California Penal Code Section 240 as an attempt to commit violent injury against another. What the prosecutor must prove is that a person committed an act that would likely result in the use of force against another, willfully aware that when they acted a reasonable person would believe that this act would result in force being applied to the person, and with the actual ability to apply that force to another. An example of this would be a man, at a bar, throwing their glass at another patron. It does not matter if the glass misses, assault is still found as long as the person committing the act intended to act in a manner that would put a reasonable person in the apprehension of incoming physical force.