Vista Assault & Battery Attorney
Trial-Tested Advocacy Backed by 30+ Years’ Experience
When you are facing charges for assault and/or battery, it is critical that you work with an experienced lawyer to protect your freedom. At JD Law, Attorney James N. Dicks is a Vista criminal defense lawyer with over 30 years of experience in criminal law. He can guide you through the criminal process and help you build an aggressive, effective defense. As a board certified expert and a former police officer, he brings a wealth of knowledge and time-tested experience to each case.
Examples of assault & battery charges that we can represent:
- Simple assault
- Simple battery
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Domestic battery
- Sexual battery
- Assault/battery against an elderly or public worker (police officer, firefighters, etc.)
Assault vs. Battery – What’s the Difference?
Although assault and battery are often used together, they are separate charges. In California, assault is charged when an individual engages in an action that shows the intent to cause bodily harm to another individual. With assault, no physical contact needs to have taken place.
Battery is defined as the use of force against another individual. With battery, actual physical contact and injuries are involved.
For example, punching someone and missing can be considered assault. But if the punch lands and you injure the person, you could be facing battery charges.
Penalties Assault & Battery
Penalties will vary depending on the circumstances, such as who the victim was, how severe the injuries, whether a weapon was used, or another aggravating or mitigating factor.
You could be facing penalties such as jail time, fines, community service, and a criminal record. Assault and/or battery charges are taken seriously by the law and judged harshly by the public. When you have a record for a violent crime such as assault/battery, you may find it difficult to seek gainful employment and housing.
Tell Us Your Side: (619) 377-3722
We understand that there is more to the story than what the prosecutor is presenting. Talk to our Vista criminal lawyer about what happened from your perspective. We are ready to listen to you.
We have offices conveniently located in San Diego and Vista. Our Vista office is right across from the North County Courthouse.
Reach our legal team at (619) 377-3722