(Penal Code Section 242-243)

A Battery occurs whenever one person touches another without consent. A Battery can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The amount of injury to the victim will usually decide whether the case is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor.

A misdemeanor battery carries a maximum of 1 year in jail; however most misdemeanor batteries carry little or no jail time with a skillful attorney.

A felony battery under Penal Code Section 243 is a maximum of 3 years in state prison. It should be noted, however, that if a person commits a battery by shooting another person such a crime can result in a charge of manslaughter or attempted murder which carry much higher sentences including life in prison.


Please contact Mr. Bruzzo on any criminal matter at (714)547-4636 or fill out the form below:

Battery - Orange County Criminal Defense

William W. Bruzzo
Xerox Centre
1851 E. First Street, 9th Floor, Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92705
714 547-4636