Assault charges can be minor or they can be extremely serious. It all depends on specific circumstances that may or may not be at play, such as:
Did the assault result in "great bodily injury"?
Did the assault involve a "deadly weapon"?
Did the assault supposedly occur against a peace officer or other government official?
Did the assault involve "force likely to cause great bodily injury"?
Some of the main defenses to assault are (1) that the assault didn't occur (2) that assault did occur, but the circumstances of the assault were substantially different from what the police report says or (3) that the assault was a result of self-defense.
A more serious assault conviction can be devastating, but even more minor charges such as misdemeanor Penal Code section 245(a) will result in a firearms restriction requirement, so it is important to consult with an attorney and find out your options so you can make the best legal decision possible.
If you are charged with an assault crime in Shasta County, including the areas of Redding, Anderson, Palo Cedro, Shasta Lake City, Cottonwood, Happy Valley, or if you are in Tehama County (Red Bluff), Trinity County (Weaverville), or nearby counties in the North State area of Northern California, don't delay in seeking the services of a skilled attorney to get you the help you need to protect yourself. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.