California Assault Crimes: Penal Code 240 PC

California assault crimes, as defined under Penal Code 240 PC, are serious offenses that can result in prison or jail time, fines, probation, loss of child custody, loss of job, inability to own a weapon, loss of reputation, plus a negative record that can make it difficult to find work, keep your current job, or even rent an apartment.

Since California assault crimes are among the most erroneously filed lawsuits in the judicial system. It is critical for a defendant to seek counsel with a criminal defense lawyer who is skilled in defending assault crimes charges right away. Penal Code 240 PC is a unique charge known as a wobbler, thus providing the prosecutorial agency with discretion to file charges as a misdemeanor or felony. Contacting an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney in the earlier stages can drastically affect outcome of your case.

At KN Law Firm, we will respond quickly and aggressively to protect your legal rights at any point of your case. Attorney Chris Nalchadjian, who has represented hundreds of clients accused of assault allegations, has the skills and expertise required to protect clients facing serious work-related penalties as a result of a domestic violence charge, including law enforcement officers and military personnel who could lose their jobs and be unable to possess or hold a weapon if convicted of assault or domestic violence.


It is not necessary for anyone to be injured in order to be charged and ultimately convicted with assault crimes in California. California Assault Crimes have a low threshold standard for completion of the crime, requiring just the performance of an act that is likely to result in the use of force against an individual. This misdemeanor offense, also known as “simple assault,” is often used where the accused victim sustains little or no harm. Putting someone in imminent fear of a battery can be simply enough for simple assault charge as defined under Penal Code 240 PC.

Our office offers a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights if you are facing an assault or domestic violence charge. Feel free to contact us at any given time.

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