Battery

Battery in Los Angeles

In California, a battery conviction can be met with serious penalties that include large fines, victim restitution, and county jail or state prison.  If you have been arrested or charged with battery, 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.

Under California Penal Code Section §242, battery is defined as the “willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.”  You can be charged with battery even if your actions do not cause an injury on the victim.  The prosecutor only needs to prove that you initiated some form of unwanted physical or offensive contact.  Battery as defined above is considered “simple battery,” but there are other forms of the offense, including:

  • Domestic Battery – Up to $2,000 in fines and 1 year in county jail
  • Battery resulting in serious bodily injury – Up to $10,000 in fines and 4 years in state prison
  • Sexual Battery – Up to $2,000 in fines and 1 year in county jail for misdemeanor charges, up to $10,000 in fines and 4 years in state prison for felony charges
  • Battery directed at a police officer – Up to $2,000 in fines and 1 year in county jail if no injury is caused, up to $10,000 in fines and 3 years in state prison if injury is caused
  • Battery committed at a school, hospital, or public park – Up to $2,000 in fines and 1 year in county jail.

Charged with Battery?

At DCS Defense, we understand the importance of a strong and aggressive battery defense.  We have provided successful representation in numerous battery cases, ranging from simple bar fights to sex offenses. We invite to contact us about your battery charges, so that we can fully inform you about your legal rights and options.

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