Assault can happen anywhere, even in places that seem to be incredibly safe. While working as Woodland Hills assault injury attorneys, we have encountered numerous cases of assault which occurred in the most unlikely of locations, including those happening at school, at work, in a bar, at a sports event and, basically, anywhere else. Did you know that, under California law, there does not necessarily need to be any physical contact for an assault charge to apply? Any attempt to commit a violent or forceful against you, or your loved one, could be sufficient for a Woodland Hills attorney to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Following any kind of assault situation, you may be entitled to pursue damages in respect of physical and psychological injuries, as well as punitive damages designed to deter the aggressor from repeating the offence in future. For more information about how we could help you, contact JML Law today on 818-610-8800.
What You Need to Know About Assault in Woodland Hills
As briefly mentioned above, assault does not always have to involve physical injuries. If your aggressor acted in a manner which was intended to cause you harm, or to intimidate or frighten you, that also qualifies as assault. When you consult a Woodland Hills attorney to discuss your case, one of the first things we must do is identify whether your injury resulted from assault or battery, according to the following definitions:
- Assault occurs when one person intentionally physically attacks, or threatens to harm, another. While no contact need have been made, the victim must have been in genuine fear that the aggressor would follow through with their threat
- Battery occurs when a person intentionally makes unconsented contact with another, or causes an item to strike that person. A battery charge can be brought under California law even where no physical injury was inflicted
Assault and battery charges can also be brought in relation to other offences, such as rape and sexual assault, robberies, and other violent crimes, including domestic violence.
There are some scenarios in which unconsented contact cannot result in a charge of either assault or battery, such as:
- Police officers using reasonable force in the line of duty
- Property owners defending against damage to their property or premises
- Shop owners, or other merchants, defending against theft
- Injuries sustained during contact sports
- School teachers, in certain circumstances
This is not an exhaustive list so, to ascertain whether you have a valid Woodland Hills assault injury case, you should speak to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
Woodland Hills Assault Injuries Could Be More Common Than You Think
According to statistics published by the Office of the Attorney General, this is the truth about assault injuries in California:
- Over 300,000 assaults are reported each year
- 23,764 aggravated assaults, involving a weapon, were reported in Los Angeles in 2014 alone
If you have been affected by any kind of assault, you deserve the best legal representation. To discuss your case with an outstanding Woodland Hills attorney, call JML Law today on 818-610-8800.
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