Do you need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Fresno? If you have been arrested or charged with felony assault, it is essential to obtain legal counsel for help right away.
What is Felony Assault?
Before discussing Felony Assault, it’s important to know that Assault is an attempt to commit a violent injury upon someone else. In order to be convicted of Assault, the following have to be true:
- The defendant acted in a way that would most likely result in the applying force directly to someone else
- The defendant acted willfully
- The defendant was aware that his or her actions would result in applying force to someone else
- The defendant was capable of applying force to someone else when he or she acted
You don’t have to touch someone else in order to be guilty of assault, only act in a way that would lead to applying force.
Felony Assault includes the following:
- Assault with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm
- Assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury
- Assault with a caustic chemical
- Assault with a firearm
“Deadly weapon” is open to interpretation, and can include anything from a baseball bat, to a knife, or even a moving vehicle.
The potential penalties for Felony Assault (Penal Code 244-245) include some or all of the following:
- Incarceration time
- Up to $10,000 fine
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Elements of Assault Charges
In order to be guilty of assault charges, certain elements have to be true.
Application of Force
The application of force means any harmful or offensive touching. Even the slightest touching can be considered assault if it is done in an offensive way. An injury does not have to occur with the application of force and it does not have to be direct; it can be done with an object.
You have to have willfully touched another person to be charged with assault. Even if you did not intend to break the law, hurt anyone, or gain any advantage it can still be considered assault.
Actions could lead to application of force
If you didn’t intend to harm anyone, but you knew that your actions could lead to the application of force then assault charges apply.
The severity of the assault and/or weapons involved are what can elevate assault charges from a misdemeanor to felony assault.
Have you been legally accused of committing felony assault? If you have been arrested or charged with felony assault, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.
Your Defense Attorney for Felony Assault
I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Violent Felonies, Federal Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Violent Crimes, Murder, Gang Crimes and Sex Crimes to name a few.
About Mark Broughton:
Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:
Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.
He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.
Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.
- Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
- Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
- Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients. He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.
Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.