Aggravated assault is a “wobbler” in California, meaning it may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.
Legal consequences of hitting a police officer under Penal Code Section 243 PC in California and possible legal defenses.
The most basic form of assault and occurs when a person intentionally or recklessly causes injury to another person. Penalties can range from probation to up to six months in jail.
Occurs when a person assaults a peace officer while they are performing their duties. Penalties can range from probation to up to four years in state prison.
Occurs when a person uses a weapon to cause injury to another person. Penalties can range from probation to up to four years in state prison.
An unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another.