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Battery Causing Great Bodily Injury in CA

Do You Need an Experienced Oakland Battery Attorney?

Try answering this question:

Can you commit a battery causing serious bodily injury when the victim does not seek medical treatment? 

California Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury

Battery causing serious bodily injury is governed by California Penal Code sections 242, and 243(d). As defined by statute, When a battery is committed against any person and serious bodily injury is inflicted on the person, the battery is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for two, three, or four years.

When charged with battery causing serious bodily injury, an experienced Oakland criminal defense lawyer will dissect the prosecutor’s case and expose the flaws in the charges you’re facing.

For example, when charged with battery causing serious bodily injury, an experienced Oakland criminal defense lawyer can provide the jury with a reasonable doubt that:

  • You willfully and unlawfully touched another in a harmful or offensive manner
  • Someone suffered serious bodily injury as a result of the force used.

Self-Defense in Battery Charges

Many police agencies and district attorney’s offices will ignore the fact that you may have been acting in lawful self-defense when deciding whether or not to make an arrest or file criminal charges. An experienced Oakland battery attorney is necessary to present your legal defense to the crimes charged.

For example, you would not be guilty of a battery causing serious bodily injury if you were acting in lawful self-defense, or in the lawful defense of others. I successfully defended client’s accused of felonious and misdemeanor battery causing serious bodily injury when asserting the defenses mentioned above.

Answer to title question: Yes.

People v. Wade, (2012) 204 Cal. App. 4th 1142, 1149. If the Legislature had intended that “serious bodily injury” means a “serious impairment of physical condition” that also required medical treatment, it could have so provided.


Contact Nabiel Ahmed to successfully defend your Oakland battery causing serious bodily injury charges. Call (510) 907-6600 for a consultation today. We proudly help clients in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Concord, and the surrounding areas!


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