Facing Charges for Battery?
San Jose Battery Defense Lawyer
Battery is defined as the unlawful touching or striking of another person, against their will. This may be done in an attempt to injure, offend or harass the victim. Depending on the manner in which battery is committed and whether the victim suffers serious injury, this crime may be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony in San Jose, California. A defendant may be at risk of facing anywhere from up to 6 months in jail to 4 years in state prison if convicted.
Contacting a San Jose criminal defense attorney is crucial if you or a loved one has been arrested or is currently facing
criminal charges for battery. This serious matter needs to be handled by a competent legal professional if you are to have any opportunity of avoiding a conviction and maximum penalties, not to mention the extreme burden of living with a criminal record. Because battery may be counted as a "strike" on your record in some situations, it is all the more important to avoid a conviction. A second strike may result in double the penalties, and a third felony conviction of any kind will result in 25 years to life in prison.
How to Challenge Battery Charges
In challenging battery charges, our law firm may look to prove that our client was acting in defense of him or herself or others. If you were acting in self-defense, the actions you took should not be considered criminal. The same may apply if the touching was accidental. We will thoroughly investigate your case from every angle to analyze the evidence or witness testimony the prosecuting attorney is planning on using against you. By finding and exposing weaknesses in their case, we can work to help you avoid a conviction. Contact a San Jose battery lawyer from our firm for the help you need!