California Assault and Battery Lawyers
Assault and battery victims often believe that criminal prosecution of the person who harmed them is their only recourse. Assault victims and other victims of violent crime are typically unaware that they have the right to sue their assailant in civil court to recover financial compensation for the damages they have suffered.
At The Reeves Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have the resources to help assault victims and victims of other violent crime recover money damages for a broad range of offenses, including:
- Sexual assault
Our attorneys are also prepare to represent the survivors of those who died due to criminal violence. If you have lost a loved one in a homicide, please contact us to discuss whether we may be of assistance to you and your family. While money can’t bring your family member back, it can give you the resources you need to go on.
About Assault and Battery
A physical attack on another person is an assault, even if no physical contact was made. A person can be held liable or responsible for assault in civil court if:
- He or she intended to cause a harmful or offensive contact with another person.
- The victim believed he or she was about to be personally harmed.
A person can be found liable for assault without actually touching the victim. Under the legal definition, some verbal threats are considered assaults.
Battery, on the other hand, occurs if the victim is subjected to harmful or offensive touching that caused injury.
Civil vs. Criminal Standards of Proof
To be convicted in criminal court for any violent crime, the prosecutor must show that the defendant is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” and, in a jury trial, all 12 jurors must agree. To win a civil lawsuit, the burden of proof is much lower. The majority of jurors must be persuaded that there is merely a “preponderance of evidence.”
At The Reeves Law Group, our attorneys are excellent negotiators who can often achieve a fair resolution for injured victims outside of court. However, we are experienced trial attorneys who will take your case before a judge and jury if that is the best way to achieve your goal.
We are compassionate attorneys who understand that victims of violent crime, whether they are shooting victims or child victims of sexual molestation, often suffer permanent physical and psychological trauma. We work to see that our clients receive full and fair financial compensation for their medical and psychological treatment, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If the person who harmed you was convicted in criminal court, we may also be able to seek punitive damages.
For more than 25 years, personal injury victims in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and throughout California have relied on The Reeves Law Group. In civil assault and battery cases, a substantial settlement or verdict can be won even if the perpetrator is not convicted of a crime. Let our experienced attorneys seek justice on your behalf. Please contact our law firm today for a free consultation and case evaluation.