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Ventura Assault & Battery Attorney

Difference Between Assault & Battery in California?

In California, simple assault and simple battery are two separate offenses that are considered misdemeanors. A conviction for either could result in a jail sentence and a fine. These penalties can have significant repercussions, resulting in the loss of rights and freedoms, as well as a criminal record. Even after serving your time, you could feel the effects for years to come, such as when looking for work or applying for a loan.

  • Domestic Assault - Assault does not require any physical contact with the victim. Someone may be convicted of assault for something as simple as attempting to punch another person. The penalties for this offense are already harsh, but when an assault occurs with a deadly weapon or other means of force that could cause great bodily injury, the punishments can be significantly enhanced. Prosecutors will greatly rely on the circumstances surrounding your case to land a conviction. Depending on the facts, assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, and in some cases, it can even be a "strikable" offense.
  • Domestic Battery - Battery requires the application of actual force, but that force does not need to result in injury. Where a battery does cause serious injury, it can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the degree of harm inflicted on the victim. Both aggravated battery and assault with a deadly weapon can result in up to 4 years of state prison time and, in some cases, even a strike.

At the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch, our attorney, Christopher P. Welch, believes that people charged with assault and/or battery cannot afford to live with a guilty verdict to their name. That is why we attend to every detail when preparing for cases and provide effective defense to fight charges. If you have been accused, reach out to us as soon as possible so we can get started on building a legal strategy and working toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.

To learn more about your legal defenses, contact the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch at (805) 467-6542 now. 

Challenge Your Domestic Assault or Battery Charge

The value of aggressive, skilled, and tenacious criminal defense representation in assault and battery cases cannot be understated. Minimize the risk of a conviction by obtaining legal representation. As an experienced Ventura domestic violence lawyer, Christopher P. Welch is ready to defend your rights and freedoms.

We can defend you if you have been accused of assault and/or battery against family members, including:

  • Current or former spouse
  • Current or former cohabitants
  • Current or former fiancé(e)
  • Current or former significant other
  • Mother, father, grandparent, or children

Choose a Dedicated Ventura Defense Lawyer

Mr. Welch has achieved favorable results for past clients charged with assault and battery. In one case, he helped a client with a serious criminal record, including a strike offense, get the assault with a deadly weapon charge against him dismissed.

At the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch, we understand what is at stake in criminal defense matters involving violence against family members. Not only do we tirelessly advocate on your behalf, but we also strive to keep your family's issues as private and discreet as possible. It is his job – more importantly, his duty – to help protect your rights, freedom, and interests.

Schedule your free and confidential case consultation at our Ventura criminal defense firm today by calling us at (805) 467-6542.

Our Verdicts Speak for Themselves

See Our Winning Case Results
  • Case Dismissed Assault With a Deadly Weapon
  • Case Dismissed Attempted Rape
  • Case Dismissed Battery & Assault Charge
  • Case Dismissed Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury
  • Case Dismissed Carjacking by Gunpoint
  • Case Dismissed Carjacking With Life in Prison

The Stories That Matter

See What Our Previous Clients Have to Say
  • “Best Attorney You Could Ask For!”
    “Being there when you need him most, hand in hand. He walks you out of the living hell that had you bound. My Guardian Angel.”
    - Gilbert R.
  • “He Obtained Impossible Results!”
    “Mr. Welch communicated with us every step of the way, making us feel comfortable in his capable hands going through the worst situations our family has faced. We are forever grateful for his help, and can not recommend him enough.”
    - Lynette D.
  • “He Achieved Excellent Results for Me!”
    “He represented us in a difficult legal matter with excellent results. Always available for questions and responds right away. We have a great trust in him which is what one needs in legal matters. Reasonable fees too!”
    - Anthony M.
  • “Well Skilled Attorney!”
    “We were more than pleased with the outcome he provided. My brother was facing a lot of years and Welch managed to get the impossible done. My brother got released on probation. Definitely recommend him.”
    - Stephany P.
  • “The Best Choice!”
    “As an Attorney, he went above and beyond the call of duty to meet my legal needs. I recommend Mr. Welch for any legal counsel 100%. Chris will always reply to your messages or any questions right away and is very courteous and personable!”
    - Janet O.
  • “Cleared My Name”
    “Mr. Welch took care of all my worries and concerns while clearing my name through all the false accusations. I was more than happy with the outcome we were awarded”
    - James D.
  • “Above and Beyond”
    “We are absolutely impressed and satisfied with the effort Chris put in to help us with our case. He literally went above and beyond more then any other public defender that we have ran into.”
    - Jenny T.
  • “Reasonably Priced, Prompt, and Available to Answer My Questions”
    “Chris represented me on a matter I was dealing with to my complete satisfaction. He was reasonably priced, prompt, and available to answer my questions. Most of all, my worry level went from 'elevated' to 'calm' during a 40-minute first consultation that I”
    - Lisa L.

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