Huntington Beach Assault Lawyer
Huntington Beach is known for its sand, sun, and a laid back lifestyle more than anything else. But even though it is a safe community, arguments happen everywhere. And sometimes arguments can cause allegations of assault, even if there has been no physical contact. In Huntington Beach in 2010, there were 306 incidents of aggravated assault. If you find yourself involved in a situation like this, the Huntington Beach assault lawyer at the Johnson Criminal Law Group has experience in defending assault charges in California and can assist you with your case.
Penal Code section 240 in California defines assault as an unlawful attempt, coupled with the present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. People often confuse assault with the separate, but often related, crime of battery, which is the actual unwanted physical contact. Assault is a crime which doesn’t require physical contact or injury. The key difference between your average heated argument and assault is the likelihood of resulting to the application of force in that moment.
If you find yourself charged with assault, Huntington Beach assault lawyers are familiar with the various defenses to the crime of assault, and how to use these defenses most effectively before a jury. Self defense is an example, as the law allows you to defend yourself in an altercation with another person.