Assault Defense Lawyer in Santa Clarita

Charged with assault?

Violent crimes are heavily penalized in California. If you have been charged with assault, you have a serious legal problem, even more so if you have a prior criminal record. It is imperative that you are represented by a high-powered criminal lawyer who is working on your defense from the moment you are arrested and charged. Our Santa Clarita assault defense attorney should be contacted at once. At Barnholtz & Kugler, we know how important it is to have a quality defense in cases involving assault. You can count on us to be aggressive, focused and ready to help you fight back. Speak with a Santa Clarita criminal defense lawyer at our firm today about your assault case.

Classifications of Assault: Santa Clarita Criminal Attorney

There are several classifications of assault under the California penal code, and each has a specific definition and varying penalties. For example, simple assault charges will be filed if it is alleged that you attempted, and had the ability, to commit a violent injury on another person. For a simple assault charge, no injury or physical contact needs to have actually taken place for a charge to be filed against you. Simple assault is a misdemeanor and carries penalties of up to $1,000 in fines and up to 6 months in jail. A charge of assault with a deadly weapon is filed when it is alleged that you assaulted another person with a weapon (other than a firearm) in a manner that could have led to great bodily harm. Assault with a deadly weapon is a felony and punishable by up to 4 years in state prison and fines as high as $10,000.

You could be charged with assault with a firearm if it is alleged that you possessed a firearm during the commission of an assault, even the gun was never used or exposed. Assault with a firearm is a felony and includes even higher penalties – up to $10,000 in fines and 4 years in prison. If you are facing any type of assault charge, contact our firm today and let us fight to protect you. We can pursue any advantage that could be gained, either in negotiations with the prosecutor, or at trial.