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In today’s society, there are many ways that someone can punish another person. One of those ways is by making accusations of criminal actions that are not true or that are exaggerated. One example is someone alleging that you intended to harm them or physically injured them without actually having done so.
Even if the allegations against you are false, law enforcement and prosecutors will still take those very seriously. Assault and battery charges are extremely serious, and even if they are processed as misdemeanors, the defendant can face lifelong consequences.
Have you been accused of assault or battery? Talk to our knowledgeable and skilled team of criminal defense attorneys. We will look at every angle of your case to determine if the charges against you can be reduced or should be dismissed. Call us today for a complimentary consultation: 805.953.7624.
Assault and battery are two of the most common and most serious, violent crime offenses. Many believe the two have been combined into one offense because of how often they are charged together. However, they are actually two separate criminal offenses and punishable by law on two counts. Assault and battery may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the situation and method of assault.
The key element that ties the two crimes together in most situations is the intent to harm another person. However, the difference is that assault is an attempt to harm, whereas battery is the actual use of violence against the victim. This means that if the prosecution can prove that someone, who did not actually physically injure anyone, had the intent to harm another person, they may be convicted of assault. A battery charge does not have to include violence to be punishable. In fact, any unsolicited physical contact of another person can be interpreted as battery.
Few defense attorneys are as equipped to fight damaging assault and battery allegations like Douglas H. Ridley. In addition to handling thousands of criminal defense cases over the past 25 years, he also worked as a former Ventura County Deputy District Attorney.
Having worked on the opposing side of criminal cases has given him valuable insight into the inner workings of criminal cases. Because he can predict how prosecutors think and how they will build and present their cases to the court, he is able to gather vital evidence and statements, interview witnesses, and secure expert witnesses early on in a case, which results in a stronger defense strategy that is built to provide the highest level of protection against damaging criminal charges.
In addition to this incredibly valuable experience and insight, Mr. Ridley is also a top-rated defense attorney in Southern California with numerous awards and accolades to his name. He was named to the Super Lawyers list in 2017 and 2018 through a peer-nominated and peer-evaluated selection process, he holds “Superb” Avvo Rating, and he has garnered a respected reputation among his peers as well as members of law enforcement and the courts.
If you are facing charges of assault, battery or a combination of both, Ridley Defense can be your legal advocate. Contact a criminal defense attorney from our firm today to learn how we can defend you against your charges so that you can move on from this event.