California Penal Code 240 Assault

What are the factors or elements for 240 PC Assault?

Under Penal Code section 240, California’s assault law,

for you to be found guilty of this offense the prosecutor must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. You did an act that, by its nature, would probably result directly in the application of force to someone else;
  2. You did that act willfully;
  3. When you acted, you were aware of facts that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the act would directly and probably result in the application of force to that person; and

Legal Consequences: 

Penal Code 240 PC simple assault is a misdemeanor underCalifornia law. The penalties for California assault in most cases include a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) and/or up to six (6) months in county jail.

How can we defend you against charges of California Penal Code 240 PC Assault?

You may be charged with, and convicted of, assault in California if no one was actually hurt by your behavior. As a result, too many people who have no criminal history, and never thought they were doing anything that was against the law, get charged with PC 240 charges.

At Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC, we can help by arguing the following defenses:

  • You did not actually have the ability to inflict force/violence on the other person;
  • You acted inself-defense or defense of someone else;
  • You did not act willfully or with the required intent; and
  • You were wrongfully accused.

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Please call our office today at (707) 571-8600 in our centrally located Santa Rosa office in Sonoma County or call our office in San Rafael in Marin County at (415) 492-4507 to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation.

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