The crime of assault is defined in California Penal code section 240 as:

“An assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another.”

In lay person’s terms this means someone tried unsuccessfully to commit a battery upon another person. Assault is a misdemeanor and carries a potential sentence of up to six months in county jail and a one thousand dollar fine. (See Penal Code § 241.)

While the crime of assault is generally less serious than other domestic violence convictions, it can still result in significant consequences to your life. It can jeopardize one’s ability to keep current employment or negatively affect your ability to secure employment in the future. It can also negatively affect one’s standing in divorce or child custody proceedings.

If you, a friend, or a loved one has been charged with an assault or any domestic violence related crime, you need to contact attorney Lance Jacot for a free consultation. Call toll free 24 hours a day at 888-823-4883.