Under California law Penal Code 240 PC, assault can be defined as “an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another.” Simple assault is classified as a misdemeanor in the state, while felony assault is more serious. A simple assault charge can net you a fine of up to $1000 and/or up to six months behind bars. Felony assault charges carry heavier penalties.
A California criminal defense lawyer can help you to fight assault charges, especially if you were falsely accused, you did not act with required intent, you acted in self-defense, or you did not have the ability to inflict violence on the other person. When you are charged with any type of assault in California, contact a San Francisco criminal attorney for guidance.