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SIMPLE ASSAULT – PENAL CODE § 240

California’s simple assault law is just that–simple.  It requires only that the prosecution prove that you attempt to commit a violent injury upon another.  That’s right–an assault can be committed without touching anyone at all.

What Are the Penalties for Simple Assault in California?

In California, a simple assault is considered a misdemeanor offense. The penalties for this offense can include up to six months in county jail and/or a fine of $1,000.

The fines for this, and many crimes in California, can justify hiring a talented and well respected lawyer like Pat Carey.  Although the maximum fine is listed, you should understand that other fees usually cause these fines to triple or even quadruple.

How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help You?

With the help of a criminal defense attorney, you can argue the following:

  1. You were unable to cause force or violence to an individual. Meaning, you had no ability to exercise this cause.
  2. You acted in self defense or of the defense of another person.
  3. You did not intend to do cause harm or violence.
  4. The accusations are in fact, false.

Should you choose to represent yourself or choose a cheap lawyer, the results in court could lead to harsher penalties and harsher fines, proving that you in fact saved yourself no money at all. Pat Carey is a well experienced and respected lawyer in the State of California, and would be a great asset to your case.

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