Los Angeles Assault Attorney
Assault Crimes in Los Angeles
The city of Los Angeles has a low tolerance for crimes involving assault. Assault is aggressively prosecuted, and if often penalized with substantial monetary fines and incarceration in county jail or state prison. If you are being investigated for assault, or have already been formally charged, it is highly recommended that you contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners. Our team of dedicated and highly trained attorneys has successfully assisted many clients charged with assault offenses. We will attempt to provide an aggressive defense in your assault case that may result in a reduction of your charges or a dismissal.
Assault and battery are frequently charged together, but in fact they are completely different offenses. While battery involves the actual use of violence or force against someone, assault involves an illegal attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit violent injury against another. In other words, you do not actually need to physically touch someone to be charged with assault. The penalties for an assault conviction vary depending on the severity of the crime, but they may include:
- Probation or parole
- County jail or state prison
- Mandatory anger management classes
- Confiscation of your weapons
- Restitution paid to the victims.
Prosecutors can also charge assault with a deadly weapon or
force likely to produce great bodily injury, commonly known as aggravated assault or ADW. This is the more serious assault charge. ADW is prosecuted as a felony punishable in state prison by up to 4 years. An experienced criminal lawyer can sometimes get the aggravated assault charge reduced to a simple assault.
Why hire an assault attorney
Regardless of whether you have been charged with simple assault or aggravated assault, it is important to retain the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners have many years of experience representing individuals charged with assault crimes. We may also assist you with alternative sentencing and avoid jail completely. Call our office to discuss your legal options.
Contact a Los Angeles assault lawyer
who can provide you with comprehensive legal representation in your assault case.