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SIMPLE ASSAULT – PENAL CODE § 240


California’s simple assault law is just that–simple.  It requires only that the prosecution prove that you attempt to commit a violent injury upon another.  That is correct—an assault can be committed without touching anyone at all.

The penalties for this offense can include up to six months in county jail, a fine of $1,000.

The fines for this, and many crimes in California, can justify hiring a talented and well respected lawyer like Pat Carey.  Although the maximum fine is listed, you should understand that other fees usually cause these fines to triple or even quadruple.  Should you chose to represent yourself and chose a cheap lawyer, the results in court could lead to harsher penalties and harsher fines, proving you in fact saved yourself no money at all.