Assault Law

Assault law deals with the consequences of the wrongful act of causing fear of physical contact to another person. It is treated as a crime and a tort, meaning offenders can be prosecuted by the government, or sued for civil damages by the victim, or both. The purpose of assault law is to deter people from exhibiting aggressive, threatening behavior toward others, even if physical contact does not actually occur. If contact does occur, the act is usually treated as the separate offense of battery.

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  • Dropping Assault Charges
      by HG.org

    Charges for assault are a common theme in many cities. Though these actions do occur in other areas, law enforcement officers often find assault allegations arise more in areas of condensed populations. Typically, these accusations occur with those in relationships, but assault may occur with other crimes connected. Sexual assault, aggravated assault, assault of a minor and other related crimes all tend to occur in higher numbers in these areas.

  • Am I Eligible for an Expungement under Penal Code 1203.4 in California?
      by Kaass Law

    Convicted of a crime? Expunge your conviction under Penal Code 1203.4. If granted in court, after your conviction is expunged it will allow you to reopen your case and set aside the conviction. Such convictions are either misdemeanor or certain types of felonies.

  • Can a Victim Drop Assault Charges

    First, it's important to understand that criminal charges are not filed in court by "victims." The government files criminal cases, including assault or domestic violence charges. Second, a person cannot drop a criminal court case against someone. Third, your best chance of getting the assault or domestic violence charges dropped is when working with an attorney defending the person accused.

  • The Process a Person Faces After Being Arrested for Domestic Violence

    The process which a person may expect after being arrested for Domestic Violence. Once you are charged then you will appear in court and a full protective order is likely to issue. The Court may consider issuing a modified order, but be sure to confirm and understand the exact conditions of any protective order. Violating a valid order is cause for new charges.

  • Florida Sentencing Enhancements: 10-20-Life

    This article provides a general overview of Florida's 10-20-Life statute. 10-20-Life operates to enhance the penalties of those offenders to who use weapons and, more specifically, firearms during the commission or attempted commission of certain felony offenses.

  • Statutes of Limitations and Sexual Assault

    The sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby have focused attention on statutes of limitations for cases involving rape, and whether or not they should exist at all.

  • Stiff Fines and Penalties for Road Rage

    Cameras are always rolling in Hollywood, and recently they captured real-life drama between two motorists.

  • When Should I Call the Police?
      by HG.org

    Many people may be hesitant to involve law enforcement in their daily lives. However, there are certain times when the police should be called to help protect citizens and their rights.

  • Escalating and Deescalating Murder Charges

    On June 5, 2011, there was a case of a transgendered female who was out for a night on the town when she and some of friends were harassed by a group of young men. It started out with harsh words and eventually descended into violence. When she walked away, she was assaulted by one of the men, and she took a pair of scissors from her purse. She stabbed the assaulter, leading to his death.

  • What Do I Do If Attacked In A Public Place?
      by HG.org

    Many find it surprising to know that violence has actually been on a steady decline for decades. Unfortunately, it does still happen. Often, altercations occur in a public location, such as a bar or club, a store, or a park or public street. When an attack occurs, what can you do to defend yourself and who is liable for any harm you suffer?


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