Assault and battery are among some of the more common violent crimes with which defendants are charged. As is the case with most violent crimes, the potential consequences of a conviction for assault and/or battery are typically significant.

Let’s start by defining the two terms ‘battery’ and ‘assault’ in the legal sense:
Battery: Refers to a charge of actual, harmful physical touching or force. Battery is a willful, violent act that causes physical harm. 
Assault: Refers to the attempted doing of physical harm to another person. Contrary to popular belief, the legal definition of assault does not require that any actual physical harm to be perpetrated against a victim. Assault requires some act that would put a reasonable person in fear for their safety. Threats and attempts to physically injure someone qualify as an assault.

If you or a loved one has been accused of either of these crimes, the consequences can be serious and should not be underestimated. Prosecutors are rarely lenient with violent offenders in Louisiana. Regardless of if you believe you committed a violent crime or not, it is almost guaranteed the State will seek harsh consequences for the alleged actions. 
Sentencing for an assault and battery case will be determined by a number of factors, including:
  • The severity of the incident
  • Past criminal history (if applicable)
  • The laws of your jurisdiction
  • Your legal representation
  • Under Louisiana criminal law, charges for assault and battery offenses range from misdemeanors to felonies, and can include
  • Parole
  • Probation 
  • Fines
  • Parish jail or state prison time
  • Losing your right to own a deadly weapon 
  • A permanent criminal record
  • & more

If you or a loved one has been accused or charged with assault and battery, there are options to explore. You will not be aware of these options until you hire an expert assault and battery attorney that has experience and in-depth knowledge of Louisiana assault and battery laws.

David Rozas and his team at Rozas & Associates are Louisiana Criminal Defense Attorneys, and this team knows what it takes to win criminal cases. You can rest assured that your assault and battery case will be thoroughly investigated and that all facts will be closely examined. Get in touch with our criminal defense attorneys at Rozas & Associates today. Our Louisiana attorneys have offices in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. 

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