Skilled Defense Against Assault Charges

If you've been charged with assault, battery, domestic violence or another violent crime charge, you need an attorney who will acquaint you with all of your options for preserving your personal freedom and your reputation.

The criminal defense lawyers at Fisher Law Office have over 35 years of combined experience representing clients before the California courts. Call our offices in San Luis Obispo for a free initial consultation about your specific situation.

Understanding Assault and Battery Charges

Assault and battery are often charged together but are really two distinct criminal charges. Assault is the crime of causing someone to fear an immediate physical attack. Battery is the actual act of striking someone or otherwise touching him or her harmfully.

This means that you do not need to hit someone in order to be charged with assault. The threat of violence is often enough to support an assault charge.

Assault charges often arise during bar fights and other incidents where tensions are high and multiple parties are behaving in potentially threatening ways. Assault charges can also be brought in a situation where child protective services has intervened in response to allegations of abuse.

We take a holistic approach to helping our clients respond to these charges. In some cases, taking steps like enrolling in counseling programs, anger management programs and (if applicable) substance abuse programs can help you both in your criminal defense case and in your personal life.

Responding to Domestic Violence Accusations

Domestic violence charges are typically treated as a subset of assault and violence charges. Often they arise from an argument in which both parties participated, and the question is who - if anyone - crossed the line into criminal conduct.

We can defend you against criminal domestic assault and battery charges, and we can also represent you if a civil restraining order is filed against you. This is a separate hearing with its own legal standards. If a restraining order is granted, you may lose access to your own home.

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