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What are the Potential Defenses to Battery in California?


Battery is a serious crime that involves intentional physical contact with another person without their consent, resulting in harmful or offensive contact. It is a complex case that requires careful examination of the facts and legal issues involved. Potential defenses to battery can include self-defense, consent, defense of others, and lack of intent.

Each case is unique and requires legal knowledge to identify the best defense strategy. If you or someone you know is facing battery charges, it is crucial to seek the assistance of a skilled attorney who can navigate through the complexities of the case. Contact the Law Offices of William Bruzzo to ensure that your rights are protected and to mount a strong defense against battery charges.

What is Battery in California?

Battery is a criminal offense that occurs when a person intentionally and unlawfully touches another person in a harmful or offensive manner without their consent. It is important to note that battery does not have to result in physical injury – any intentional, unconsented, and offensive physical contact can be considered battery. Simple battery is classified as a misdemeanor in California, punishable by imprisonment in county jail for up to six months, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. However, depending on the circumstances, it can also be charged as a felony, resulting in more severe penalties.

Defenses to Battery Charges in California

When facing battery charges, it is essential to understand the potential defenses available to you. Here are the common defenses that can be used in California:


One of the most common defenses to battery charges is self-defense. If you can show that you reasonably believed you were in imminent danger of bodily harm or unlawful force and that you used reasonable force to protect yourself, you can argue self-defense. It is important to note that the force used must be proportional to the threat faced.

If the alleged victim gave their consent to the physical contact in question, you can argue that there was no battery. It is important to establish that the consent was freely given and not obtained through coercion or fraud. In some cases, evidence such as written consent or witness testimony may be necessary to support this defense.

Defense of Others

Similar to self-defense, you may be able to argue that you acted in defense of others. If you reasonably believed that another person was in imminent danger and you used reasonable force to protect them, you may have a viable defense. Just like self-defense, the force used must be proportional to the threat faced.

Lack of Intent

To convict someone of battery, the prosecution must prove that the physical contact was intentional. If you can argue that the contact was accidental or unintentional, you may be able to establish a defense based on lack of intent. It is crucial to gather any evidence, such as surveillance footage or witness testimonies, that supports your claim of unintentional contact.

What We Can Do to Help You

Facing battery charges can have serious consequences, including potential jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record. To effectively navigate the complexities of a battery case and mount a strong defense, it is essential to consult with a skilled attorney. The Law Offices of William Bruzzo has been practicing criminal law for over 30 years, and their experience and familiarity with the courts, judges, and district attorneys in Orange County make them well-equipped to handle battery cases.

As Orange County criminal defense lawyers, we understand the nuances of California law and will carefully evaluate the facts of your case to identify the most effective defense strategy. We will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and analyze every aspect of the prosecution’s case to build a strong defense on your behalf.

By hiring the Law Offices of William Bruzzo, you can have the peace of mind knowing that your rights are protected and that you have a dedicated legal advocate by your side. They will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, whether it’s negotiating a favorable plea bargain or vigorously representing you in court.

If you or someone you know is facing battery charges in Orange County, do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of William Bruzzo at (714) 547-4636 or contact us online. Our team of experienced attorneys is ready to fight for your rights and guide you through the legal process effectively. Don’t face battery charges alone – get the legal representation you deserve.

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