Fairfield Violent Crimes Attorney
Passionate and Experienced Trial Lawyer with a Stack of Not-Guilty Verdicts
Facing violent crime charges? Put your best foot forward in your defense with Attorney Tim A. Pori. Attorney Pori is a passionate trial attorney with 24 years of professional experience, and well-regarded among his legal community of judges and fellow attorneys. He has the proven case results of many not-guilty verdicts to show his tenacious reputation.
Attorney Pori once tried 3 murder cases in one year, one of which was a double homicide, and he obtained not guilty verdicts in the other two cases in Vallejo and Fairfield. He has also excelled in felony assault cases where he obtained not guilty verdicts and argued down a felony assault with a deadly weapons charge to a misdemeanor. He even secured a full acquittal for another client’s felony assault charge, as well as for several murder and manslaughter cases. In fact, he even successfully negotiated an 8-year sentence in an all-girl thrill kill homicide in San Francisco.
For straightforward, experienced, and committed legal representation schedule a free consultation with the Law Office of Tim A. Pori online or at (707) 289-9837.
California law defines assault as an unlawful attempt to cause violent injury to another person. Battery refers to the actual force or violence used against another person. Assault is often described as an attempt to commit a battery. To prove an offense of assault, the prosecutor must show that the defendant intended to commit battery and had the present ability to do so, but they do not need to show that physical contact actually happened. To prove battery, the prosecutor must show that the defendant willfully made contact with another person.
There are several degrees of battery, including a special charge of battery for those who’ve committed an offense against specified victims like peace officers, police officers, firefighters, emergency response technicians, school employees, and others. Note that domestic assault or battery are governed under separate domestic violence laws.
The penalties for assault and battery will depend on the circumstances of the case, but they generally follow these guidelines:
- Simple assault – misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and/or a maximum $1,000 fine, probation, restitution to the victim(s)
- Battery – either a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and/or maximum fine of $2,000 or a felony punishable by up to 3 years in county jail or state prison and/or a fine of $2,000-$10,000
- Battery on a peace officer – up to 3 years in county jail or state prison, fine of up to $10,000
According to California Penal Code 211 PC, robbery is a felony involving a person taking the personal property in the possession of another against their will, accomplished by means of force or fear. California also categorizes offenses of robbery into two degrees. First-degree robbery occurs when:
- the alleged victim is a driver or passenger of a bus, taxi, cable car, streetcar, trackless trolley, subway, or other similar transportation for hire;
- the robbery takes place in an inhabited house, boat, or trailer; or
- the robbery takes place while or immediately after the alleged victim uses an ATM.
A robbery in any other circumstances will be charged as second-degree robbery.
First-degree robbery is a felony punishable by felony probation; 3, 4, or 6 years in state prison; and/or up to $10,000 in fines. Second-degree robbery is a felony punishable by felony probation; 2, 3, or 5 years in state prison; and/or up to $10,000 in fines. Be aware that the number of alleged victims determines how many counts of robbery the defendant may be charged with – robbery against 2 people will count as 2 counts of robbery, even if they occur in the same incident.
Homicide, or the unlawful killing of a human being, may be charged as either murder or manslaughter. Murder involves "malice aforethought," and the prosecutor must show that the defendant had express or implied malice to commit the murder. Manslaughter, on the other hand, is homicide that occurs without premeditated malice, such as by sudden provocation or in the heat of the moment.
A defendant may be charged with first-degree murder if the murder involves:
- intent and premeditation;
- commitment during the commission of a felony; and
- use of a weapon of mass destruction or an explosive device.
Any other murder is considered second-degree murder.
First-degree murder is punished by state imprisonment for 25 years to life or life imprisonment in state prison without the possibility of parole. Second-degree murder is generally punishable by 15 years to life in state prison, though the term increases to 20 years to life if the defendant killed the alleged victim while shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle. The term may also increase to 25 years to life if the alleged victim of the crime was a peace officer.
Note that California recognizes 3 different types of manslaughter – voluntary, involuntary (accidental), and vehicular. Voluntary manslaughter is punishable by 3, 6, or 11 years in state prison; involuntary manslaughter will result in 2, 3, or 4 years in county jail or state prison; and vehicular manslaughter may be charged as either a misdemeanor with up to 1 year in county jail or as a felony with 6 years in state prison.
If you are facing criminal charges for a violent crime, whether assault, robbery, or homicide, contact the Law Office of Tim A. Pori for legal help. Attorney Tim A. Pori is a certified Criminal Law Specialist and passionate trial attorney who will fight for your defense. He will offer you the straightforward guidance you need and answer your questions without any false promises. Let’s get started on your violent crimes defense today.
Call (707) 289-9837 or contact the Law Office of Tim A. Pori online for a free consultation to get started.
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- Over 23 Years of Legal Experience