Los Angeles & Ventura County Violent Crimes Defense Attorney
VIOLENT CRIMES

Attorney Jennifer Monroe has over 15 years experience handling violent crimes.

Violent Crimes Penalties
If convicted of a violent crime in Los Angeles or Ventura county you will be subject to the following terms and conditions: jail or state prison, fines and fees, anger management classes, court stay away orders, restitution, do not own, use, or possess deadly weapons or firearms, submit your person, home, and vehicle to search and seizure for weapons with or without a warrant. Felony convictions will result in permanent loss of your right to own or possess firearms. Misdemeanor convictions for crimes of violence may result in loss of your right to own or possess firearms for ten years.

How to defend Violent Crimes
To defend a violent crime case you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney who knows how to impeach the credibility of the alleged victim and witnesses against you. You may be eligible for a dismissal, reduced charge, or jail alternative. Jennifer Monroe will meet with you to review your case and your background. She will also:

  • Fight to protect your rights.
  • Research the defenses that apply to your case.
  • Initiate investigation to prove you are innocent.
  • Review the facts with you to determine if a lesser charge is appropriate. 
  • Present mitigating factors about you and your case to the judge and prosecutor.
  • Negotiate the best possible result for your case.

Common Violent Crimes
Below you will find a list of some of the most common crimes of violence. All references are to the California Penal Code (pc). Click on each crime to learn more about their definitions, penalties, and how Jennifer Monroe can help you.

The summary is intended to give you an overview of what you may be facing, but does not include all of the consequences and potential defenses. Please contact Jennifer Monroe directly for more information about the crimes listed.

Jennifer Monroe has personally handled all of the crimes listed below. If you have trouble locating a crime below, please contact Jennifer Monroe directly, she has likely handled that crime before and can help you.

Assault / Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Assault by Force Likely to Produce GBI – California Penal Code 240, 245 pc
There are several types of assault.

Simple assault in violation of California Penal code 240 pc is a misdemeanor and is generally charged when you tried to hit someone and missed. Simple assault is punishable by up to six months in local jail and or a $1,000 fine. After mandatory penalty assessments and fees a $1,000 fine could cost you almost $4,000.

Assaults on emergency personal or the police are misdemeanors and punishable by up to a year in local jail and or a $2,000 fine which could cost you almost $7,000.

Assault with a deadly weapon is a felony strike offense in violation of California Penal Code 245(a)(1) pc punishable by up to 4 years in state prison. If the offense involves a firearm in violation of California Penal Code 245(a)(2) pc the offense is a strike and the penalty could go up to 12 years in state prison or more if the firearm was actually used. The fine is up to $10,000 plus penalty assessments and fees which could be substantial.

Assault by force likely to produce Great Bodily Injury (GBI) is a felony in violation of California Penal Code 245(a)(4) pc punishable by up to 4 years in jail and or a fine up to $10,000 plus penalty assessments and fees.

Assault with a deadly weapon and assault by force likely to produce great bodily injury in violation of California Penal Code 245(a)(1) pc and 245(a)(4) pc are felony wobblers which means that they can be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor. If reduced to a misdemeanor the offense is no longer a strike. Jennifer Monroe can help you get your case reduced. Please contact Jennifer Monroe directly to see how she can help.

Battery – California Penal Code 242 pc
Simple battery is defined as any willful and unwanted force or violence against another. Battery does not require an injury.
Battery is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and or a $2,000 fine. After mandatory penalty assessments and fees a $2,000 fine could cost you almost $7,000. The court may also order a restraining order, weapons conditions, search and seizure terms, and restitution.
A misdemeanor conviction of California Penal Code 242 pc will result in a 10 year loss of your right to own to own or possess a firearm.

Battery – Domestic Violence / Corporal Injury – Domestic Violence
– California Penal Code 243 pc, 273.5 pc
Battery involving domestic violence requires the willful and unwanted force or violence against someone who is your spouse, cohabitant, parent of your child, or someone you have or previously had a relationship with. No injury is required to prove this crime.

Domestic violence battery is a misdemeanor violation of California Penal Code 243(e)(1) pc and is punishable up to a year in local jail and or a $2,000 fine plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees, and a 52 week batterer’s treatment program. The court will also order a restraining order, weapons conditions, search and seizure terms, and restitution.

A misdemeanor conviction of California Penal Code 243(e)(1) pc will result in a 10 year loss of your right to own to own or possess a firearm.
Corporal injury requires the willful infliction of any injury (minor or serious) on someone who is your spouse, cohabitant, parent of your child, or someone you have or previously had a relationship with.

Corporal Injury is a felony violation of California Penal Code 273.5 pc but may be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor because it is a wobbler. Corporal injury is punishable up to four years in jail and or a $6,000 fine plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees, and a 52 week batterer’s treatment program. The court will also order a restraining order, weapons conditions, search and seizure terms, and restitution. In Ventura County there are additional terms that include direct work and fees to shelters.

A felony domestic violence conviction for California Penal Code 273.5 pc will result in a permanent loss of your right to own or possess a firearm. A misdemeanor conviction of California Penal Code 273.5 pc will result in a 10 year loss of your right to own to own or possess a firearm.

Jennifer Monroe will meet with you to review your case and your background and to help you resolve the problems you are having at the home that lead to your arrest or brought you before the court. She wants to get you and your relationship back on the right track, or in some cases help you end the relationship. Depending on the facts of your case, if this is your first domestic violence offense you may qualify for an office hearing, diversion, probation, or community service instead of jail if your case is in Los Angeles County. If your case is in Ventura County Jennifer Monroe has been successful obtaining straight dismissals.

>Child Endangerment / Corporal Injury to a Child – California Penal Code 273a pc and 273d
Child abuse charges in violation of California Penal Code 273a pc and 273d pc include physical and mental abuse, as well as allowing a child to be placed in a situation where his or her person or health may be endanger.

Child abuse charges can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony. They are punishable by jail, and fines. The court will also order a protective order and parenting classes.

>Criminal Threats – PC 422
A criminal threat involves a willful threat to commit a crime that will result in death or great bodily injury.

A criminal threat is a felony violation of California Penal Code 422 pc and is a strike offense but may be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor because it is a wobbler. A criminal threat is punishable up to 3 years in state prison. If reduced to a misdemeanor the strike consequences are avoided. The court will also order a restraining order.

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Los Angeles and Ventura County Assault and Battery Defense Attorney
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