Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyer Bill Makler

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Do You Need an Assault and Battery Defense Attorney?

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Assault and battery charges can vary widely in possible sentences. Some are strikes applicable to California's Three Strikes law, and some are not. Some can result in jail/prison time, and some seldom do.

The Basics of Assault and Battery

It is not necessary to hit someone to commit assault. The central issue is intent, trying to apply force to another person. However, battery does mean actually hitting someone. Assault and battery are typically related, but not always. Many people find the legal specifics of these charges confusing. Mr. Makler can help explain these laws as they apply to your situation.

In California, assault and battery are typically misdemeanors, resulting in fines and possibly jail time. Sometimes, these charges may rise to the level of a felony. In these felony instances it is essential to have an experienced trial lawyer to help provide the best outcome.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

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Santa Barbara Attorney William C. Makler will discuss with you the assault and battery charges facing you, a friend, or family member. If he takes your case, he will use his 20 years of criminal justice experience to bring you the best possible outcome.

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The charge of assault with a deadly weapon is typically a felony, and must be taken very seriously. Someone convicted of an assault with a deadly weapon can face a strike and a long stint in a state prison. If the assault is seen as a gang crime, the punishments can be even harsher.

A related charge is "assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury," both charges are covered under California Penal Code 245, the statute dealing with assault with a deadly weapon or an assault likely to cause great bodily injury.

We help with all types of assault and battery accusations

Attorney William C. Makler is experienced in cases involving the above charges, and cases of domestic battery. His skilled and careful representation has helped people overcome restraining orders, lessen punishments, and the dismissal of charges. It is usually unwise to deal with the police on your own; let Attorney William C. Makler guide you through the complex legal process.

Call us now at (805) 892-4922 for a free, no obligation consultation, or fill in your information in the contact form to the right and Mr. Makler will get back to you as soon as possible, frequently within a few minutes.

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