Newport Beach Assault Lawyer
Newport Beach is a safe community, but people anywhere can get into a heated argument and get carried away, especially if there has been alcohol involved. Sometimes these arguments can cause allegations of assault, even if there has been no physical contact. No matter what the situation, the Newport Beach assault lawyer at the Johnson Criminal Law Group is experienced in defending assault charges in California courts.
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.
There are various defenses to the crime of assault that can be effective when used properly before a jury. Newport Beach assault lawyers know, for example, that the law allows you to defend yourself in an altercation with another person. Another common defense to assault is consent, in other words a crime cannot be committed if the other person is expecting physical contact.