Expungements and criminal record clean up are important to your future. In Vista Courts and throughout California, there are legal proceedures available to help clean up your criminal record. These include expungements, reduction of felonies to misdemeanors, dismissals and reductions per prop 64, reductions per prop 47, and certificates of rehabilitation. All of these things can greatly assist you in cleaning up your criminal record and in being more successful in the future.
A criminal "battery" charge is a misdemeanor offensive touching. The charge does not require any injury whatsoever. It could be a shove, a punch, a slap, a grabbing or any rude or angry touching. It has to be unlawful and intended, not accidental and not in self defense. Words alone, like name calling, do not justify any unlawful touching. The California Penal Code (PC) section is 242. That charge carries up to 6 months jail and $1000 fine. Additionally, it is one of those charges that prohibits gun ownership or possession for 10 years. If there is a weapon involved or injury, then it could be a felony.