Define “Simple Battery”
Simple Battery is the act of willfully touching another person in a harmful or offensive manner.
Does there have to be a physical injury?
No, you can kick someone lightly, or even spit at them and still be charged with battery.
Simple Battery Penalties
Simple Battery is a Misdemeanor.
In most cases, the penalties for simple battery in California are a fine of up to $2,000 and up to six months in county jail.
Defenses to Simple Battery Charges
Your attorney must prove all of the following in order to dismiss the charges:
- You reasonably believed that the immediate use of force was necessary in order to defend yourself or another person
- You reasonably believed that you or someone you know was in danger
- You did not use more force than was necessary to defend yourself
If you have been charged with battery, it’s in your best interest to have a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney analyze the case.
To speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your case, call Gurovich, Berk & Associates today for a free consultation (213) 385-1555.