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Los Angeles Assault Defense Lawyers | Over 3 Decades Of Violent Crime Defense In LA

The assault and battery defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP have the experience and trial skill to provide you with a determined defense against assault or battery charges. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our Los Angeles assault defense lawyers may negotiate for a lesser charge, obtain minimal or no jail time, or achieve an acquittal at trial.

Assault and battery types

Assault and battery are not interchangeable charges; they are different crimes that the prosecution must prove to win a conviction. Assault and battery can be simple or aggravated, misdemeanor or felony and domestic or nondomestic:Los Angeles Assault defense lawyers

  • Assault refers to the unlawful attempt to violently injure another person.
  • Assault with a deadly weapon (ADW) also known as aggravated assault, refers to an assault in which a deadly weapon or other instrument that can inflict great bodily harm is used. Aggravated assault can also be charged if the victim is seriously injured.
  • Battery involves unlawful violence or force against another person even if that person is not injured.
  • Domestic battery is battery to a spouse, ex-spouse, domestic partner, former domestic partner, cohabitant, previous cohabitant, blood relative, relative by law, the mother or father of your child or a person with whom you share or shared an intimate relationship.

Assault classifications

You may be charged with first-, second- or third-degree assault based on the specific facts of your case and the severity of the assault. Prosecutors generally charge an assault as a misdemeanor if nobody gets hurt. However, you may be charged with a felony assault for:

  • Threatening or attacking a law enforcement or peace officer
  • Using a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault
  • Seriously injuring another person — referred to as assault causing bodily harm

Defense for your assault and battery charges

For a strong defense against assault or battery allegations, call Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP at 888-579-4844 or contact us online. At your free initial consultation, our attorneys consider possible strategies and explain your rights and options. We know arrests happen 24/7; we are always available to protect your rights.

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Stephen Sitkoff

Stephen Sitkoff

Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney

Stephen Sitkoff is a partner at Sitkoff & Hanrahan who started his legal career as a deputy district attorney more than 30 years ago prosecuting cases throughout the LA criminal court system in Southern California.
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Eugene Hanrahan

Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney

Eugene Hanrahan is both a former federal and county prosecutor and partner at Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP with two decades of criminal law experience. Mr. Hanrahan’s criminal defense expertise ranges from misdemeanors to serious, complex felony cases.
James Kim

James Kim

Senior Case Analyst

James possesses over a decade of legal experience and serves as the firm’s senior case analyst handling the initial calls from prospective clients.