Simple Battery: Penal Code 242 PC

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.

Misdemeanor Penalties

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.