Assault Crimes in Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles and Orange have a low tolerance for crimes involving assault.  Assault is aggressively prosecuted, and is often penalized with substantial monetary fines and incarceration in county jail or state prison.  If you have been arrested or charged with assault, you should contact Damian Siwek, an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, at DCS Defense to schedule a no-cost confidential consultation to discuss your legal options.  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 v. Battery Charges

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.  Quite simply, you do not actually need to physically touch someone to be charged with assault, but it’s enough to put them in reasonable fear of imminent harm.  The penalties for an assault conviction vary depending on the severity of the crime, but they may include:

  • Fines
  • Probation or parole
  • County jail or state prison
  • Mandatory anger management classes
  • Confiscation of your weapons
  • Restitution paid to the victims.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon and GBI

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.  At DCS Defense, we may also assist you with alternative sentencing and avoid jail completely. Call us to discuss your legal options.

For aggressive and effective representation against assault charges, including a free confidential consultation, contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Damian Siwek at DCS Defense.