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San Jose CA assault and battery lawyer.jpgSan Jose was once considered one of the safest big cities in the United States. However, a new report shows that while violent crimes have gone down in other places throughout the Bay Area, the number of assaults and batteries committed locally have increased dramatically over the past year. To stop this trend, law enforcement is vowing to be more aggressive in its efforts, both in apprehending suspects and in pressing criminal charges.  

San Jose Police Focus on Reducing Violent Crime

Recently released police data shows that San Jose, once known for its low crime rate, has experienced a dramatic six percent increase in violent crimes over the course of 2018.

Local law enforcement officials blame the increase on the department’s struggle to rebuild after losing a significant number of officers in the aftermath of pension reforms. Over the past 10 years, the San Jose PD has lost more than 20 percent of its officers, reducing the force from 1,400 to just over 1,000 officers. As a result, there are slower response times when crimes are reported and a lesser likelihood of apprehensions. 

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CA injury lawyerThis year is looking to be another year of increased social activism in the Bay area, with the Women’s March and other, smaller events taking place last month. While the focus is often on protecting your rights to peacefully assemble and what to do when confronted by the police, it is also important to be aware of how to protect your personal safety against the actions of counter-protesters. Unfortunately, clashes can turn violent and result in serious personal injuries. The following outlines what you can do to be prepared.

Louis C.K. Protest Spurs Physical Assault

Allegations of sexual misconduct against comedian Louis C.K. are among the many to have sprung out of the #metoo movement in 2017. Event bookings were quickly canceled and invitations disappeared in the aftermath. However the comic, who has never been one to shy away from controversy, recently began booking club dates again, which included a stop in San Jose.

C.K. was scheduled to perform at the San Jose Improv, with sold-out shows on Wednesday, January 16th and Thursday, January 17th of 2019. On opening night, more than 30 protesters showed up outside as well, picketing against what they claimed was giving an acknowledged sexual harasser a platform in the community.

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violent assault, San Jose personal injury attorneys, assault victims, assault and battery, aggravated assault injuriesAn assault can happen at the hands of a stranger as the result of a random altercation, or it can stem from disagreements and arguments that turn violent with someone you know. When you are a victim in this type of attack, it can leave you suffering serious and potentially disabling personal injuries as a result. While law enforcement and the courts can help you hold your attacker responsible under California criminal laws, you could be left with the financial costs. In these situations, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Assault and Battery in California

Under Chapter 9 of the California Penal Code, assault involves a threat or taking actions meant to harm another individual, while battery involves actually causing physical harm through an attack. Those who commit these types of acts can face severe penalties, including heavy fines, mandatory community service, and a lengthy jail sentence. Defendants can end up facing aggravated assault charges, depending on the victim, the severity of the harm done, or if there was a weapon involved in the crime.

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