Newport Beach Assault Defense Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney for Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Orange County
Assault crimes are taken seriously in California. Assault is defined as an unlawful attempt combined with a present ability to commit a violent injury on another person. This means that it's an act that will most likely result in the use of force. California assault law does not require an actual injury of the victim for a charge of assault to be made. Because of this, it is easy for someone to be falsely accused of assault. If you or someone you know has been charged with assault in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, or anywhere in Orange County, California it is important to contact the Newport Beach criminal defense attorney at the firm as soon as possible to schedule a consultation about your case. Attorney Scott Hughes has effectively defended many individuals facing assault charges.
Assault in California
Different classifications of assault exist under California law, each with its own definition and penalties. In assault, the prosecution must prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that an assault occurred according to the definition and that you actually committed the crime. Simple assault is a misdemeanor with a potential sentence of up to $1,000 in fines and 6 months in jail. Assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm is a felony that carries a sentence of up to 4 years in a state prison and $10,000 in fines. You will be charged with this felony if the court believes you assaulted another person with a weapon other than a firearm in a manner that would cause bodily harm.
Assault with a firearm is another form of assault. Merely possessing a firearm while committing assault is enough to elevate this to a felony that carries a penalty of up to 4 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Just because you have been accused of assault doesn't mean you will be convicted. There are a number of criminal defense strategies that the Newport Beach assault defense lawyer at the firm can make on your behalf. Because assault law can be complicated, it is strongly urged that you consult with the Attorney Scott D. Hughes about the particulars of your case so that you can be advised of your rights and options in defense.
Contact the Newport Beach assault defense attorney at the firm if you are facing assault charges in Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, or Orange County today!