Movies and TV shows make it seem like you can yell at, slap or punch someone without consequences. But movies and TV are not the real world. In reality, these actions can result in your arrest, possibly your conviction. If you have been charged with assault and/or battery, get expert legal counsel from the criminal defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates.
Definitions of Assault and Battery
Assault and battery are defined in Section 30 of the New Mexico Statutes.
There are three types of acts that may be cause for an assault charge:
- An attempt to commit battery upon another person
- An unlawful act, threat or conduct that causes another person to reasonably believe he or she is in danger of battery
- Insulting language that diminishes a person’s honor or reputation
Battery is defined as “the unlawful, intentional touching or application of force to the personal of another when done in a rude, insolent or angry manner.”
If assault and/or battery involved a household member, you may be charged with domestic violence.
Why You Need Expert Legal Counsel
By themselves, assault and battery are petty misdemeanor charges. However, even misdemeanor charges can carry significant consequences. Any charge requires a number of court appearances and court fees. In the event of conviction, you face fines and jail time. Plus, all criminal charges and convictions go on your permanent record, which can affect your ability to get housing and employment and may result in the escalation of any subsequent criminal charges.
To keep your record clean and avoid the severe penalties of assault and battery, you need expert legal help. The criminal defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates have more than 20 years of experience with assault and battery cases in the greater Albuquerque, NM area. We know how to build a strong case in your defense, and we work hard to get your charges dismissed.
Free Criminal Defense Consultation
If you are facing assault and/or battery charges in any magistrate or district court in the greater Albuquerque, NM area, contact Patrick J. Martinez & Associates. We offer free initial consultations to get your criminal defense case started.