What to do if I was cited with a misdemeanor battery and assault?

Get Legal Help Today

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

What to do if I was cited with a misdemeanor battery and assault?

I feel like I was wrongly charged. How do I go about fighting this case? Should I get a lawyer? Does the case go straight to the DA and get asseigned to a prosecutor The way that it happened was at a bar. I fight broke out in the bathroom and i tried to stop it. I was kicked out because I tried stopping it. The bouncer grabbed my arm really hard and pushed me to get out. I did but when I got out he shined his flash light in my eyes like he was going to hit me with it. I then moved my arms to get the flashlight out of my eyes. When I did this, the flash light flew in the air and hit the other bouncer in the eyebrow. He is the one pressing charges.

Asked on October 9, 2012 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Given the fact that you are charged with a criminal offense which is at least a misdemeanor, I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney to assist in your defense. Given the circumstances that you have written about it makes no sense for you to try and defend yourself as to the charge against you. You need to carefully read the police report about the incident.

The way the system works is that you make the first appearance (arraignment) where you make a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest. From there you are then given a settlement conference date and a trial date. Matters move quickly in the criminal system due to the right to a speedy trial.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption