Irvine Battery Attorney
All Irvine Cases heard at the Harbor Justice Center, 4601 Jamboree Rd.
Newport Beach, CA., 92660
A battery can be as minor as a shove or as serious as putting someone in a coma. The Difference between a battery and an assault is that a battery requires actual contact. A battery may be charged under Penal Code Section 242 if its filed as a misdemeanor and under Penal Code Section 243 if filed as a felony. A misdemeanor carries up to 1 year of jail while a felony can carry up to three years.
Battery occurs when someone actually hits someone else without their consent. A fight in a bar where one person punches another would be a battery. A battery can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The District Attorney usually decides on a misdemeanor or a felony based on the degree of injury of the victim. The more serious the injury the more likely it will be filed as a felony. Generally a broken bone, laceration requiring stitches or other similar type of injury or worse will result in a felony filing.
Irvine Battery Attorney Will Bruzzo has successfully defended many battery cases. The most common defense to these charges is self defense. This complete defense to the crime requires that the client have used force to reasonably defend himself or another person. If the Prosecution cannot disprove that the client acted in self defense then the client should be found NOT GUILTY of all charges.
Irvine Battery Attorney Will Bruzzo has successfully used the defense of self defense to defend his clients. In one case, Mr. Bruzzo’s client was actually the first one to throw a punch which caused the victim to go into a coma when he hit the pavement. Despite the fact that Mr. Bruzzo’s client threw the first punch, Mr. Bruzzo was still able to effectively use Self Defense by showing that his much smaller client, reasonably thought he was about to get hit and so he acted preemptively in hitting first. The client was acquitted of all charges and walked free. See People v. Mark Vasquez. Contact the Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo for any battery case at (714) 547-4636.