California law defines assault as an intentional attempt to injure another person physically, or a threatening or menacing act or statement causing another person to believe that they will soon be attacked. Assault does not involve actual physical contact. Battery, which invokes the intentional, unlawful use of force or violence against another person, does involve physical contact. If you commit simple assault or battery in California, it is usually charged as a misdemeanor. Simple assault against healthcare or public workers, while misdemeanors, can carry heftier penalties, such as larger fines and more jail and probation time. California Law Firm’s criminal defense lawyers are highly familiar with the state’s court system and can assist you in reaching a favorable outcome in your assault case. If you are up against an assault charge, contact our Oakland criminal experts.