5 Possible Defenses Against California Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is a serious criminal charge in California, and the penalties for a conviction are severe, including hefty fines, probation, and even imprisonment. However, with the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney, there are numerous possible defenses that may be used to fight an aggravated assault charge in California.

If you are facing criminal charges in California, Aron Law Firm has extensive experience defending clients in cases involving crimes such as aggravated assault. We are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and providing them with the right defense strategy suited for their situations.

How to Fight an Aggravated Assault Charge in California

California Penal Code 245 defines the crime of aggravated assault as an assault that involves the use of a deadly weapon or results in a serious injury. If you have been charged with aggravated assault in California, partner with a skilled criminal defense attorney who will prepare a strong defense against the charges. Several possible defenses may be used to challenge the prosecution’s case and potentially avoid a conviction, such as:


One of the most common defenses against aggravated assault charges is self-defense. If you reasonably believed that you were in immediate danger of being harmed or killed, and you used force that was necessary to protect yourself, you may be able to argue that you acted in self-defense. This strategy is particularly effective when witnesses or other evidence supports your claim.

Defense of Others

Similar to self-defense, your lawyer may also be able to argue that you were acting in defense of others. If you reasonably believed that someone else was in immediate danger of being harmed or killed and you used force that was necessary to protect them, your lawyer may be able to argue that you were acting in defense of others.

Lack of Intent

Another possible defense against an aggravated assault charge is to argue that you did not intend to commit the crime. If you did not mean to harm the alleged victim or did not even know that your actions could result in harm, your attorney may be able to show that you lacked the necessary intent to commit aggravated assault.

Mistaken Identity

In some cases, it may be possible to argue that you were not the person who committed the aggravated assault. If there is no direct evidence linking you to the crime, and there is evidence that someone else could have committed the crime, your lawyer could dispute whether you were the actual perpetrator.


If the alleged victim consented to the use of force, your criminal defense attorney might be able to argue that you did not commit aggravated assault. However, this defense may be difficult to prove and only available in limited circumstances.

Contest an Aggravated Assault Charge With a California Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of committing aggravated assault in California and need competent legal representation, do not hesitate to contact an Aron Law Firm criminal defense attorney. Our team is here to help you navigate the complexities of the California legal system. With our personalized approach and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for your case, you can trust us to fight for your rights and interests.

Contact Aron Law Firm today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a brighter future. Do not wait; your future is at stake. Call (805) 618-1768 or complete our contact form for more information.

William M. Aron


William M. Aron

May 14, 2023

Former Deputy District Attorney William Aron received his Juris Doctorate from the Duke School of Law and has amassed 20 years of experience practicing law. Attorney Aron dedicates his practice to defending the accused, and is devoted to keeping his clients out of prison.