Santa Barbara Assault Defense Lawyer
Are you facing assault charges?
Under California Penal Code 484, assault is the threat of, or attempt to cause physical injury. A charge of assault is concerned solely with the threat. If a person attempts to hit another with a vehicle this is assault even though the attempt failed and the intended victim was completely unharmed. Battery is charged when the assault is successful and some injury results. Assault may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, but both have serious consequences in California. Simple assault under California Penal Code Section 240 is considered a less serious charge than assault with a deadly weapon, often referred to as aggravated assault, as described in California Penal Code Section 245. Since both are considered violent crimes, it will take a Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyer to fight conviction and avoid the harsh penalties allowable under the law.
Assault Defense Attorney in Santa Barbara
Anyone who has been arrested for a crime of violence should be aware that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof is on the prosecution which means the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you did assault another person. In the case of aggravated assault the prosecution must prove that you used a deadly weapon to do so. If the prosecution proves its case you could face a long incarceration in jail or state prison, enormous fines, probation, parole, community service, and other serious consequences. An experienced assault defense attorney can evaluate the charges and the prosecution's case in order to develop a defense strategy based upon the unique circumstances of your case.
At Lessem, Lessem & Newstat, we have handled over 200 jury trials and have obtained hundreds of dismissals on behalf of our clients. A criminal defense lawyer at our firm can meet with the prosecutor to negotiate a successful outcome or can take your case to the courtroom to fight for justice.
Contact a Santa Barbara assault defense attorney for experienced legal representation if you are facing criminal charges.