Assault & Battery

Assault & Battery Lawyer in Oakland

Put Over 20 Years of Experience in Your Corner

Are you facing assault and battery charges in Oakland, CA? If so, you need an experienced attorney who can effectively protect your rights and navigate the complexities of the California legal system. Demetrius Costy is a dedicated Oakland criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience. He has successfully defended thousands of clients facing various criminal charges, from DUI to domestic violence to theft and everything in between. His clients know him for his 24/7 availability and unwavering commitment to their cases.

If you've been accused of or arrested for assault and battery, don't let your future be jeopardized—contact our firm for a free consultation about your case today.

Understanding Assault & Battery Charges in California

In California, assault and battery are two separate crimes. Assault is the attempt to commit a violent injury on someone else, while battery is the actual infliction of force or violence on another person. Both crimes carry significant penalties, and the severity of the charges depends on the specific circumstances of the case.

Factors Affecting Misdemeanor or Felony Charges

California law recognizes different levels of assault and battery charges, which can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Factors that may cause these charges to be escalated include:

  • The severity of the injuries sustained by the victim
  • The use of a weapon during the incident
  • The defendant's prior criminal history
  • Whether the incident involved a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other protected person

Penalties for Assault & Battery

The penalties for assault and battery convictions in California can range from fines, probation, and community service to imprisonment. Misdemeanor convictions may result in up to six months in county jail, while felony convictions can lead to longer prison sentences. Additionally, a conviction may lead to the loss of certain rights, such as the right to own a firearm.

Potential Defense Strategies

Attorney Demetrius Costy understands the importance of developing a solid defense strategy for clients facing assault and battery charges. Some potential defenses may include:

  • Self-defense: The defendant's actions were necessary to protect themselves from harm.
  • Defense of others: The defendant acted to protect another person from an imminent threat.
  • Lack of intent: The defendant did not intend to harm the victim; the incident was an accident.
  • Consent: The victim consented to the physical contact, and there was no crime committed.
  • Mistaken identity: The defendant was not the person who committed the assault or battery.

Contact Our Oakland Assault & Battery Defense Attorney

Facing assault and battery charges can be a stressful and life-altering experience. Demetrius Costy has built a reputation for dependable defense against even the toughest criminal charges in Oakland and throughout Alameda County. With his in-depth knowledge of the California legal system and his commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients, you can trust Attorney Costy to handle your case with the utmost care and professionalism.

If you've been arrested for assault and battery in the Bay Area, don't waste any time pleading with law enforcement. Call our firm for a free consultation about what to do next. Let Demetrius Costy provide you with the defense you need to protect your future.

Contact us at (510) 254-3945 today.

"I was born to be a criminal defense attorney." - Demetrius Costy