San Bernardino assault & battery lawyer serving Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Pomona, Victorville & all of San Bernardino County
Sometimes arguments get out of hand. When this happens, and if the police are called, someone could be arrested for a variety of crimes, including:
- Simple Assault
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Assault with Force Likely to Cause Great Bodily Injury
- Simple Battery
- Sexual Battery
- Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury
- Aggravated Mayhem
- Shooting and Brandishing offenses (firearms or imitation firearms)
- Attempted Murder
- Criminal Threats
- Domestic Violence
- Child Abuse
Because so many different crimes can apply to fights, it is important to hire an attorney who understands the differences between these crimes. Some of them are simple misdemeanor crimes. Others are felony offenses, and some of these are considered “strike” offenses. What charge applies in any one case depends on several factors, including:
- whether anyone was physically touched
- the degree of injury
- whether the victim falls into a special classification (i.e. law enforcement, firefighter, school employee)
- the intent of the person who initiated the fight
- whether weapons were used
If you or a loved one was arrested for any of these crimes, call San Bernardino assault and battery attorney Marcie Gardner to discuss your options. Marcie has helped many clients faced with these charges, and she knows the steps to take to develop a defense strategy for you.
Preparing a Defense to these Charges
In these cases, it is critical to review the police reports to make sure they accurately reflect ALL the facts. Sometimes the reports are one-sided or do not tell the whole story of everything leading up to the fight. When that happens, it is important for an attorney to gather all facts to put what happened in the proper light. For instance, attorneys can subpoena documents or hire a private investigator to interview witnesses or take photographs. It may be that your case involves a claim of self defense or defense of others. Without an experienced attorney determined to help you uncover all the facts, your case will be viewed more harshly than it should by the judge and the District Attorney’s Office.
Even if the reports are accurate, they might not contain information which could help mitigate the case (meaning you don’t have a real defense to the charge but your conduct should be viewed more leniently). Things like substance abuse, long-standing problems between you and the victim, the victim’s conduct, or whether you were a lesser participant in the fight can help when developing a defense strategy.
Whether your goal is a dismissal/acquittal or a reduction of the charges, contact San Bernardino assault and battery attorney Marcie Gardner to discuss your case. Having these types of crimes on your record can make it difficult to find housing or get a job. When working with Marcie Gardner, your initial consultation is always free of charge. No fee whatsoever. To contact San Bernardino assault and battery attorney Gardner, please call 909.635.2047.
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