If you or a loved one has been charged with an assault, from a minor common assault to the most serious aggravated assault, you are facing an allegation of violence under California law. A conviction can have serious consequences that can significantly impact all aspects of your life.
However, just because you were charged with assault, it does not mean that you are guilty. With the help of an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, you may be able to avoid a conviction.
Below are three common defenses to an assault charge:
One of the most common defenses to assault is consent. Consent means that the person you allegedly assaulted agreed to your offending conduct. In order to successfully assert a consent defense, the injuries sustained by the victim must not be serious. Additionally, you must prove that the injuries were reasonably foreseeable.
Self Defense or Defense of Others
Another defense to assault is self-dense. Self-defense means that you exercised a reasonable amount of force, given the surrounding circumstances, to prevent another individual from injuring you or someone else. To successfully invoke this defense, you will need to show that the individual you allegedly assaulted was placing you in danger.
Dispute the Charges
Depending on the specific facts of your case, your Los Angeles criminal defense attorney may determine that the best defense is to dispute the assault charges altogether. It should be noted that this defense may not be successful in most situations.
An assault charge can have serious consequences. Hiring the right criminal defense lawyer can mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal of the charges.
Call an Experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers Simon Aval, please call us at (800) 209-9808 or complete our online form. Mr. Aval is a Certified Specialist in criminal law by the state bar of California.