Assault & Battery

Santa Barbara Assault and Battery Attorney

If you have been charged with any degree of assault, battery, or both, we want to hear your side of the story in our free initial consultation. We know that assault and battery cases are not always as cut and dry as they may seem. At the Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C., we understand each assault and battery case is unique and depending on the specifics of your criminal case, there may be motions that we can file to suppress certain evidence or get the charges against you reduced or dismissed. If necessary, we may be able to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors or we will aggressively defend you in court if your case goes to trial.

Assault and Battery Charges

Assault and battery are essentially two distinct and very different crimes. Assault does not involve the physical act of touching. Actions, such as clenched fists, display of weapons, or even verbal threats of violence combined with the immediate ability to inflict the threat of violence equates to an assault in the state of California. The assault can be simple-which makes it a misdemeanor or aggravated assault which is prosecuted in Circuit Court.

Battery requires a touching, but does not require injury. The touching could be with hands or objects, such as bats, rocks, knives or any other instrument. Battery charges can be upgraded depending on the weapon used, the amount or extent of injury, or the accused’s prior record of battery offenses. In the State of California these crimes potentially are a “strike” on your criminal record. This means that any earlier crime of which you have been convicted puts you in a position where you will have higher penalties. It is important that you retain an experience and skilled assault and battery attorney to help you minimize the possibility of receiving any “strike” on your record.

Assault and Battery Offenses

There are a number of specific offenses relating to assault and/or battery to include the following:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Assault with the Intent of Committing a Felony
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Battery with a Deadly Weapon
  • Sexual Battery
  • Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm
  • Assault or Battery against a Police Officer

Protecting Your Rights

You are innocent until the state proves otherwise, at the Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C.; we are ready to fight for your innocence in court. We are known for our effective legal strategies, which we customize to each case so that we can secure the best outcome possible. We offer a free consultation to discuss your legal matter and represent clients throughout Southern California. With our experience and extensive knowledge in this field of law, we are able to provide high-quality representation even in the most serious of assault and battery cases. Contact our Santa Barbara office at 805-965-3703 or email us.