California Penal Code 240
Are you facing assault charges in California? Violation of Penal Code 242 is a misdemeanor offense that can wreak havoc on your future options. Too often, those charged with assault are unaware of the severity of their charges and make mistakes that are not in their best interest. By speaking with a skilled attorney, you can avoid common pitfalls that alleged offenders commonly fall victim to.
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PC 240 Defined
According to California Penal Code 240, anyone who willfully behaves in a way that would result in force, even if the force does not occur, can be convicted of committing assault.
The term assault can sometimes be used interchangeably with assault and battery, but there are important differences between the two. Assault and battery would require an act of force to occur, while an assault does not.
In order for prosecutors to secure a conviction for a PC 240 violation, they would need to establish the following:
- you intentionally behaved in a way that would likely result in an act of violence or force.
- you were aware that your actions would result in a violent or forceful act.
- you had the capability to carry out said force
Possible Penalties for CPC 240 Penalties
Acts of assault are misdemeanor offenses that can be punishable by:
- A $1,000 fine
- 6 month imprisonment sentence in the County Jail
If your assault was committed on an Executive Officer, the penalty can be increased substantially. You can be potentially charged with a felony even if the person did not suffer bodily injury. In addition, you can also be subjected to enrollment in a court-mandated battery program, informal probation period, and/or community service.
Laws pertaining to assault charges in California are complex. There are several different penal codes governing acts of assault, each with its own set of potential penalties. Depending on the circumstances under which your alleged assault was carried out, you could face greater or lesser fines.
If you are facing assault charges for Penal Code 242, speaking with one of our experienced defense attorneys may help to increase your chances of obtaining a favorable case outcome. Contact us today for a free case evaluation and our legal professionals will help you understand your charges, penalties, and options moving forward.