Did You Commit Battery on a Peace Officer? Contact a California Defense Attorney Now
Battery committed against anyone serious, and there can certainly be consequences if the victim presses charges. However, if your victim is a peace officer – which may include a police officer, lifeguard, search and rescue personnel, EMT, paramedic, doctor or nurse, traffic cop, animal control officer, firefighter, or service processor – the punishment will be even greater.
If convicted of battery on a peace officer, one may face up to one year in county jail and/or a $2,000 fine. However, if the crime is deemed a felony, the punishment could entail up to 16 months or two to three years in county jail and/or a fine of $10,000.
The punishment is bad news for all defendants. Luckily, there’s good news too: you may be able to defend yourself against these punishments if you have the right California criminal defense attorney by your side.
Possible Defenses for Battery on a Peace Officer
You may be able to avoid the consequences if any of the following are true:
- At the time you committed assault on the peace officer, they weren’t actively performing their duties.
- You were unaware that the victim was a peace officer.
- Your implementation of force was involuntary.
- You were acting in self-defense, and the amount of force used could be considered reasonable.
- You never actually touched the officer, or if you did, it wasn’t a violent act.
Protect Yourself, and Turn to a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Today
From a criminal defense attorney’s perspective, court cases are too complex to assume everyone deserves the same punishment for the same crime. It’s the little details that matter. In addition, criminal defense attorneys find it foolish to punish someone when there isn’t enough information to label someone as guilty. Justice must be served accordingly, not prematurely.
After all, there have been moments where defendants were convicted of a crime that they never committed, even their case lacked enough evidence. Some defendants have also been given unfair sentences in the past.
That’s what a criminal defense attorney is here for: to make things right. By defending you, the accused, they can protect you from heavier penalties or even get your case dismissed if, say, you never committed the crime, there wasn’t enough proof to prove you guilty, the police made errors, or evidence was illegally obtained against you.
Even if you aren’t confident that a violent crimes criminal defense attorney may be able to assist you with your case, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Speak with the Mattern Law Firm now to see if you qualify for help from long-time defense attorney, Lisa Mattern, in Los Angeles, CA. Call 310-342-8254.