Penal Code 240 Assault Accusation Against Teacher Dismissed - Our client, a very talented young teacher with impressive credentials in her field, was accused of assault, a violation of Penal Code 240. She was approached by a man who had accused her of having cut her off on the road. He menacingly approached her car window and threatened her to her face. Afraid for her safety and her life, she pepper-sprayed him in self-defense. Being the bully that he is, he claimed he was the victim of an assault even though our client was clearly acting in self-defense, which is an affirmative defense that can result in acquittal at trial. Our West Covina assault charges defense attorneys were able to convince the prosecutor that the case should be dropped for the above reasons. Sure enough, even before the arraignment took place, prosecutor issued a DA reject and refused to pursue prosecution against our client.