Battery (Penal Code Section 242-243)

A Battery occurs whenever one person touches another without consent. A Battery can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The amount of injury to the victim will usually decide whether the case is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor.

A misdemeanor battery carries a maximum of 1 year in jail; however most misdemeanor batteries carry little or no jail time with a skillful attorney.

A felony battery under Penal Code Section 243 is a maximum of 3 years in state prison. It should be noted, however, that if a person commits a battery by shooting another person such a crime can result in a charge of manslaughter or attempted murder which carry much higher sentences including life in prison.


Contact Orange County criminal defense attorney Katie Walsh for help with battery or any other criminal matter.

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