5 Legal Defenses to California Battery Charges – Penal Code 242 PC

January 27, 2023

In California, battery under Penal Code 242 is a criminal offense that occurs when an individual intentionally or recklessly uses force or violence against another person. If an individual is charged with battery, they may have several legal defenses available to them.

Self-Defense


Under California law, an individual is allowed to use reasonable force to defend themselves or another person from an imminent threat of harm. If the individual can show that the battery was committed in self-defense, the charges against them may be dismissed or reduced.

Defense of Another


Another defense that may be used is the defense of others. Similar to self-defense, an individual is allowed to use reasonable force to defend another person from an imminent threat of harm. If the individual can show that they were protecting someone else, the charges against them may be dismissed or reduced.

Accident


In addition to self-defense and defense of others, an individual may be able to argue that the battery was accidental. If the individual can show that the battery was not intentional, they may be able to avoid conviction.

False Accusations


False accusations can occur for a variety of reasons, such as a misunderstanding or an attempt to seek revenge. If the individual can provide evidence to support their innocence, the charges against them may be dismissed.

Consent


If the individual can prove that the alleged victim consented to the contact that resulted in the battery, the charges may be dismissed.

Contact Us for Help in Southern California


If you’ve been arrested or charged with battery under PC 242, then contact the Law Offices of John D. Rogers today. Call us to schedule a free confidential consultation with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney. Attorney John D. Rogers is a board-certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California. Give him a call to discuss your options and protect your rights.

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