Assault Results

    • Client Allowed to go Home on a Lesser Charge and Probation After a Teenage Fight Became a Felony - Assault Client Released

      A 16-year-old boy who punched another guy at a gathering at a friend’s house earlier this year faced two felony charges, including a violent assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury, also known as Penal Code section 245(a)(4). When he was arrested at school a few weeks later, police found our client with a billy-club, a violation of Penal Code 22210. Our client had the billy-club after an unrelated attack on him by a homeless man.

      For his alleged crimes, our client faced four years at a correctional camp, placement for youths who are typically identified as high-risk. Further, his record of conviction for the felony assault would never be destroyed, as is the case for other juvenile cases to promote rehabilitation. Our client had no previous criminal record, was not a gang member, and came from a largely stable middle-class home with a supportive family. Also, witnesses to the fight reported seeing the victim load up on Xanax and alcohol; they had described the victim as agitating the fights. To have convicted our client of the violent felonies at age 16 would have carried collateral consequences to negatively affect the rest of his life.

      However, due to the aggressive and diligent efforts of Coimbra Law, APC, our client was convicted of the lesser charge of battery causing serious injury, Penal Code section 243(d). The second charge for the billy-club was dropped, and he was placed on probation for the next three years. Instead of our client being convicted and sentenced for a crime that could result of years of incarceration, the Pomona courthouse released our client today, so he can be back home with his family.