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Battery Frequently Asked Questions – California Penal Code 242 PC

California Penal Code 242 PC defines battery as any willful use of force or violence on another person.

TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF A BATTERY CHARGE, I HAVE PROVIDED ANSWERS TO SOME OF THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

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If you have been charged with a battery you may face severe consequences. A traditional criminal battery charge under PC 242 is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine up to $2,000 or by imprisonment in the county jail for up to six months, or both. If you have been charged with a battery against a peace officer, firefighter, paramedic, or other individual in a similar line of work, you may face up to a year in jail. (CPC 243(b) and (c)). If you are charged with a battery causing great bodily injury you can be charged with a felony and will be subject to even harsher penalties. (CPC 243(d)).

If you consult with the Gross law firm upon arrest, it may allow our experienced attorneys sufficient time to speak with the prosecutor and potentially achieve a dismissal before charges are formally filed.

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