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Fullerton Lawyer for Assault Defense

The City of Fullerton is home to thousands of students, and on weekends the bars and clubs are often very busy. Because people are drinking and having fun, it's only natural that you could accidentally find yourself on the wrong end of an altercation that leads to an arrest for assault. That's when you need to call Orange County criminal defense attorney Lauren K. Johnson at (949) 622-5522.

There are several different classifications of assault in California, each with its own definition and potential sentence. An experienced Fullerton assault attorney like Lauren K. Johnson will tell you that the law doesn't require an actual injury, and it's easy for people to be falsely accused and wrongfully arrested for this offense. Assault is defined as an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. Simple assault is a misdemeanor offense that can carry a sentence of up to $1,000 in fines and jail time of up to 6 months. Simple assault usually occurs in two different instances: when someone attempts to inflict a serious bodily injury, or when they have done something which has put another party being in fear of being put at immediate risk of receiving a serious injury. An example of the first instance would be trying to hit someone with a dangerous object, but in the end, failing to actually make any contact with the other person. An example of the second instance would be seriously threatening someone that you were going to hurt them, or using convincing body motions to put them in a position of apprehension.

However, one might also be charged with a more serious assault charge, such as simple battery, assault with a deadly weapon, or assault with a firearm. An example of an assault with a firearm would be if someone were to point a gun at someone they were angry at. Because of their rage, they attempt to shoot the other party in an effort to scare them, but not actually to injury them or cause any real damage to their body. Regardless of whether or not the other party was actually injured by the weapon, this circumstance would be considered assault with a firearm. These offenses carry much stiffer penalties, especially if the assault took place on school grounds, if the alleged victim was a public transportation driver, or if the assault was on a police officer. If the assault was on a police officer, then there are certain elements that must be present. For example, the person must have had bodily contact with the officer in a way that was destructive or offensive, while being aware of the fact that they were on on-duty officer, while the officer was performing their duties. If an injury is actually inflicted, then the charges are then elevated. Some examples of injuries are being knocked unconscious or having one’s bones broken.

Orange County assault lawyer Lauren K. Johnson understands how to investigate and defend these types of assault charges. Before the prosecution can convict you, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime took place and that you committed it. They must also prove that you acted "willfully," that you were "aware," and that you had the "ability," Therefore, if you've been charged with assault, call the Law Office of Lauren K. Johnson at (949) 622-5522.

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Lauren Johnson was amazing. She explained everything in ways that were easily understood, & answered all of my question. She was respectful, but also open & honest. She started work on my case the first day we met & got results quickly. She demonstrated passion, concern, and showed true feeling for my situation. My expectations were greatly exceeded. I would say she has an incredible attention for detail, & has a real dedication to her work. Lauren Johnson would be my first recommendation to any of my family or friends similarly in need of legal assistance. - Heather
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I researched a lot of attorneys and had met with two attorneys before speaking with Ms. Johnson and retaining her. I was facing serious charges that could not be on my record, due to my job and was really scared. I felt hopeless & thought my life was ruined...until I found Ms. Johnson... - A criminal defense client (drug case)
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She is on point. She knows her field well. I have to give credit where credit is due, you deserve it Lauren Johnson... - Anonymous, Victim of Domestic Violence
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Lauren K. Johnson was my saving grace. I naively thought you were innocent until proven guilty. However, I soon discovered that CPS and family court does not see things that way... - Mrs. G, a CPS client
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Thank you Lauren for your help and support in a very scary, bad time in my life! You were a ray of sunshine in a very dark place. I didn't have to step foot in a court room once, Lauren was there for me... - JB A criminal client