Assault & Battery Lawyer Orange County
You have probably heard of the phrase “assault and battery” from watching television shows or reading the news. California criminal and civil courts recognize two separate offenses of “assault” and “battery”, although they often occur together. Put simply, a defendant who commits an “assault” makes the plaintiff fear imminent harm or unwanted contact, such as lunging at someone and cocking a fist back for a punch. A defendant who commits a “battery” does something to harm the plaintiff, such as actually punching him.
While a person can be charged with the crimes of assault and battery under the California Penal Code, a person may also be liable in civil court for these two wrongs, which are called torts. Assault and battery are “intentional” torts, which means a defendant is liable if there is evidence showing the defendant intended to cause harm and actually caused that harm.