Assault on a Police Officer Lawyer - Penal Code 241(c)
As you might guess, the prosecutors in all Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Courthouses are friendly with the police and work for hand in hand with them daily. Hence, they are pretty harsh on those individuals who do anything criminal towards the police. Assaulting a police officer is covered under California Penal Code 241(c).
On the other hand, over 25 years of practicing criminal defense, I have seen the police trump up charges on people to not get in trouble for losing their temper and acting unlawfully. This situation where the police have gone too far in their actions is ripe for them to claim it was the citizen's fault because they committed an assault or battery upon them.
Experienced Criminal Lawyer
This is where you must have a seasoned criminal defense attorney who has litigated assault cases involving police before and who can stand up to the prosecutors and judges when they try and take the police's side, just because they are law enforcement.
Everyone should be given a fair shot and the benefit of the doubt, and it is your criminal defense attorney's job to make sure you are treated fairly. At the Hedding Law Firm, we have dealt with assault cases, including assault on a police officer. We have seen great results and have had satisfied clients. Assault on a police officer is a serious charge that can result in severe penalties.
We will explain all the details of your charge to you, including the law, the possible penalties, and the defenses we may assert on your behalf. Assault generally is defined as attempted battery. Assault on a police officer must have occurred while the police officer was carrying out their legal duties to the public.
Defenses for Assaulting a Police Officer
To be convicted of assault on a police officer, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that first, you knew the person was a police officer within the scope of their duties and that you intentionally tried to apply physical force on the police officer.
Our goal is to prevent a conviction and intervene and do everything we can to get the best results. We are very aware that often police officers use and abuse their authority and try to flip the script, making it seem like you were the one committing the assault, but in reality, you may have been using self-defense. As your criminal defense attorney, we will investigate and research and see what occurred to your arrest.