Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times published its analysis of crime data, and suggested that the Los Angeles Police Department systematically underreported Los Angeles aggravated assault statistics over a period of eight years. According to the paper, the LAPD chronically mischaracterized aggravated assaults as simple assaults, resulting in an underreporting of violent crimes in Los Angeles. Aggravated assault can be considered a violent felony, while simple assault is not reported as a violent crime.
Los Angeles Aggravated Assault Definition
According to Section 240 of the California Penal Code, a simple assault is defined as “an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another.” An aggravated assault, described in Section 245 of the California Penal Code, includes the requirements of a simple assault, but also involves the use of a weapon in a manner that is capable of inflicting grave bodily harm. Even if no harm comes to the victim, a person can still be convicted of aggravated assault under California. Conviction can be secured if the weapon could or would inflict significant harm if the assault attempt succeeded.
In Los Angeles, aggravated assault can be prosecuted either as a felony or as a misdemeanor. A felony conviction for aggravated assault can result in a state prison sentence of two, three or four years, a fine of up to $10,000 or both. As a misdemeanor in Los Angeles, aggravated assault can result in a term of not more than one year in a county jail. If you are convicted of aggravated assault involving a motor vehicle, you can lose your driver license permanently.
The consequences of a felony conviction for aggravated assault are serious. You need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Los Angeles residents know they can count on Robert M. Helfend to provide expert, aggressive criminal defense. Robert M. Helfend is a noted criminal defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience. Focused exclusively on criminal defense in Los Angeles, Robert M. Helfend can help you navigate the complicated landscape of a Los Angeles aggravated assault charge. If you are facing Los Angeles aggravated assault charges, do not wait! Contact the Law Offices of Robert M. Helfend toll-free at (800) 834-6434 or locally at (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate aggravated assault consultation. Robert M. Helfend is an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who can help!
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