Criminal Defense Attorneys - Assault Charges - Penal Code section 240
Assault is a violation of Penal Code section 240. Assault is defined as:
- An intentional act;
- Likely to result in the use of force against another person;
- Which leads the other person to believe the use of force will be applied to them; and
- The person accused of assault must have had the ability to apply force to the victim.
Assault typically involves threats of force or an attempted battery, as, by its definition, it does not include completed acts of force. Assault typically doesn't involve actual physical contact.
Defenses to Assault Charges
For over 30 years our team of criminal defense attorneys has defended thousands of criminal cases. Our firm lectures criminal defense lawyers across the country. We have obtained countless not guilty verdicts in jury trials, and obtained favorable results at the pre-trial stage. There are many defenses that may be applicable to your case.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you put on a successful defense to assault charges. Defenses to assault charges include:
- You acted in self-defense or in defense of others;
- You lacked the intent to commit the act (it was accidental); and
- You were acting within your rights to reasonably discipline your child (in cases where you are charged with battery on your child).
Get the Right Criminal Defense Team on Your Side
Gressley & Donaldson has defended thousands of criminal defense cases, and our lawyers train other attorneys across the nation on criminal defense. Who you hire can make all the difference in your case. Call us today at (951) 319-3199 to get our team of criminal defense lawyers on your case.
Gressley & Donaldson has offices in Temecula and Riverside, and practices throughout Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville, Murrieta, and Orange County.