Battery Charges – PC 242

Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney

Battery is a serious offense in California, defined as the willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon another person. This crime can be charged even if the victim was not injured, but simply because the perpetrator committed some type of unwanted physical contact. Battery can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances of the alleged incident. If the contact did not result in harm to the victim, you will be charged with simple battery, which is a misdemeanor. If the contact caused harm to the victim, you could be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony for committing aggravated battery, also known as battery with serious bodily injury.

Battery Penalties in California

If you are convicted of battery, you face very serious consequences. It's important to enlist the powerful representation of a Riverside criminal lawyer from Grech & Packer as soon as you are charged. Sentencing for battery depends upon the alleged offense and can include:

Simple Battery

  • Informal probation
  • Fine of $1,000
  • Up to 6 months in county jail
  • Completion of a batterer's program
  • Community service

Misdemeanor Aggravated Battery

  • Informal probation
  • Fine of $1,000
  • Up to 1 year in county jail

Felony Aggravated Battery

  • Formal probation
  • Fine of $10,000
  • 2 to 4 years in state prison
  • Possible "strike" on your record

Need a lawyer for battery charges in Riverside?

Conviction for battery will have serious effects upon your relationships, future, and freedom, so you should enlist the defense of a skilled attorney as soon as possible. Our firm is dedicated to fighting criminal charges in Riverside and protecting our clients' rights and interests. We are experienced in battery cases and can build a compelling defense on your behalf. Don't risk your case to a public defender; contact a Riverside battery lawyer from Grech & Packer to enlist the defense you need!

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