Riverside Courthouse, Hall of Justice (Criminal Cases)
4100 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501-3626
In Riverside a simple battery occurs when someone strikes someone else without their consent and is usually charged as a misdemeanor. A felony battery or one with great bodily injury simply indicates there is a battery with serious injury (laceration requiring stitches, broken bones). Penal Code Section 243 covers felony batteries; Penal Code Section 242 covers Misdemeanor batteries. A felony battery can carry four years or more in prison while a misdemeanor battery carries a maximum of 6 months.
Riverside 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.
Riverside 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 Defendant may strike first if he is acting in self defense. 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.