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Los Angeles Assault and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Posted on: June 22, 2009 at 7 a.m.

A Los Angeles assault case has left the voice behind Conan O'Brien's Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in an embarassing situation.


In assault is serious and is considered a violent crime. It is defined as committing (or threatening to commit) harm, force, or unwanted or offensive contact against another person. According to Los Angeles laws, you can assault someone without actually physically harming them. If the person is reasonably afraid that you were going to harm them, or if you are guilty of intending to physically harm them, you can be charged with a assault.


The verdict in an assault case depends on the prosecuting attorney being able to prove your ability to commit the assault as well as the intention to harm. Assault can range from inappropriate touching or intruding on another persons space to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are in court on a regular basis, defending people of assault charges stemming from various situations: domestic disputes; arguments at a sporting event; a fight at school and more.


Comedian Robert Schimmel was arrested in April of this year in his Los Angeles area home for suspicion of beating his wife. Schimmel was booked for investigation of spousal assault. However, his wife did not pressed charges against him and without her cooperation, there was not enough evidence to continue with the case. As a result, the assault charges against him were dropped. In the past, Schimmel has been a guest on Howard Sterns radio show as well as Conan OBriens late-night television show.


A assault is broken into two categories: simple assault or aggravated assault. Simple assault is the attempt and ability to injure another person. Simple assault usually results in fines up to $1,000 and jail time up to six months.


Aggravated assault is an illegal attack on someone with the intention of inflicting serious injury. This type of assault often involves a dangerous or deadly weapon, but need not necessarily result in actual bodily harm, only the intent of committing serious injury, the presence of a weapon, and the possibility of serious injury occurring if the attack were completed.


The results of a assault conviction can include jail, fines and restitution, parole, counseling, and a lasting mark on your criminal record. Assault can be a felony charge, which is oftentimes the case when assault is committed against a law enforcement officer. It can also be a misdemeanor charge.


If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, do not hesitate to call Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP at (877) 781-1570. Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.



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