Inside the Maguire Correctional Facility – San Mateo County’s Jail

Have you ever wondered how an inmate is booked into a jail? As bail bondsmen, clients and others often want to know the inner workings of the jail. Here is an inside look at the process, a “what happens behind closed doors” if you will, at the San Mateo County Brendon P. Maguire Correctional Facility, named after the San Mateo County sheriff who helped found it. The MCF opened in 1994. It is six stories tall and its top five floors are used to house inmates. Its intake and administration areas are on the ground floor.No less than 18,000 inmates are booked into Maguire each year. Most of those incarcerated here are either awaiting their trial or in the process of it. Several more are also awaiting transportation to another agency if they have already been sentenced to do time in a state or county facility.According to an official MCF mission statement this jail serves the community by assisting the courts, law enforcement agencies, and inmates and their families by offering a safe and secure environment. It also helps to ensure that defendants will appear in court and complete their jail sentences.The Maguire Correctional Facility provides for its inmates’ medical, nutritional, hygienic, legal and spiritual needs. They also have several services that are designed to give inmates an opportunity to improve their lives, both during and after their incarceration, in an attempt to reduce recidivism.Jail Arrival
An arrestee’s incarceration begins when he is bused into the MCF’s Vehicle Sally Port, which looks like a huge gray underground parking garage. This is the entry point in to the prison for arrestees escorted by police (it is also a transport and pick up point). But in this parking structure there is no exit ramp. The doors are electronically operated and security is maintained via a visual monitoring network that is linked to a Central Control Room. The inmates are then taken, in handcuffs, to the pre-booking area to wait while their police paperwork is completed. If they are suspected of being under the influence, they will be given breathalyzer and alcohol blood tests. This process takes about 30 minutes.Booking & Inmate Search
Next, in the Intake Section, the actual booking process begins. Their personal information is entered into a computer system and they are assigned a county ID number or, in the case of return visitors, their number is located. During intake, they are also given a jail number and housing assignment, they undergo a medical interview, and have their personal property inventoried and sealed in a bag (more on all this, later on). The last steps in this process are getting a photo taken and being fingerprinted.But first, it’s on to the Search Cell: All of the inmates searched for both their own and staff safety, to make sure nobody is carrying any concealed weapons or contraband. There are two types of searches. One is the simple pat down of hands over clothing. The second is the strip search. Contrary to what you see in the movies, the strip search
requires a supervisor’s written approval and is mostly performed on parolees, self-surrenders and “weekenders”.Mental & Medical Reviews
The Department of Correctional Health services gives every new Maguire inmate a medical interview to find out what medication, if any, they are taking and their physical condition. They also receive a mental health interview to determine their state of mind, and whether or not they are a danger to themselves or others. Physical and mental interviews also play a key role in helping to determine where they should be housed during their stay.Inmate Identification & Classification
Mug shots are taken of each prisoner to document his appearance, as well as any distinguishing marks, scars or tattoos. These photos are printed up as “movement cards” that will accompany the inmate to his eventual housing. Last, an ID wristband, much like the kind used in hospitals, is placed on his wrist.Inmates are fingerprinted in another section, using state-of-the-art methods that don’t require ink. The fingerprints are then scanned into a database in case they are needed for future reference. Once this has been done, the inmates are placed in Holding Cells. These cells are a temporary location, but they help keep the arrestees secure and separated during the booking process. They are very much like waiting rooms, equipped with telephones and toilets.Some of the more low risk arrestees, like those brought in on DUI charges, may be released on their “own recognizance,” known as “OR”. This means that they could end up being freed on the promise that they will return to court, without having to pay bail. The inmates are interviewed to determine if they qualify for OR, or need to be cited. It is also a first evaluation of their classification status.The MCF uses a specific Classification Method for several reasons: to determine the inmate’s housing assignment; ensure his safety; and to give him a coded level of incarceration (sentenced or un-sentenced, security risk etc). He is also classified by physical attributes like height and ethnicity.If an inmate is to be imprisoned, he is sent to Dress In. In this section, he learns where he will finally be housed. All his personal clothing is taken, sorted and then put in Maguire’s secure Property Storage Unit. There, it is hung in blue plastic bags on an “automated property bag retrieval system” which is much like the clothing conveyor belts found in dry cleaning stores. The inmate is given an orange jumpsuit to wear so that he can be easily identified and, just like a rank and file military uniform, because it make him equal to every other inmate.Housing Pods, ie Jail Cells
Inmates live in General Housing Pods, which are actually two stories tall. They look like grim Spartan college dorm rooms in that they are small, two person cells surrounding a gray-carpeted day room. There are 24 cells on each level and the Pods are supervised by a deputy in an open station at the center. Assigning an inmate to a cell once again depends on his classification, the nature of the offense, criminal history, physical size and gang affiliation.Inside each cell, two bunk beds can be found bolted into the wall, along with a writing desk, shelf, plastic chair and a stainless steel toilet that offers no privacy. Twice daily, prisoners must go through a body count and inspection. This ensures that they’re all accounted for, jail rules are followed, they and the facility remain safe and secure, and that they are keeping themselves and their cell clean. Inmates must line up with their backs against a cell wall with their arms extended for shorter inspections, which can be as frequent every two hours.Central Control, a hi-tech monitor system that could be considered the brain of the facility, controls all of the doors and systems. It is also a communication center that is manned around the clock, keeping an eye on daily prison activities and serving as a command post during emergencies.Specialized Maguire Programs
During the time that inmates must serve their sentence, a variety of programs are offered to them. In addition to medical and mental care, MCF Correctional Health Services provide dental care and drug/alcohol AA recovery meetings and domestic violence groups. They also have access to religious services, a law library, AIDS Awareness and parenting courses, and an Office of Education where they can get a GED, along with business links between the MCF population and community organizations.The Maguire facility offers some inmates a chance to earn money by working in its industrial sized kitchen (which outputs 2700 meals a day) and laundry room (laundry is exchanged once a week), under correctional supervision. They can also spend money at the prison commissary. There, inmates charge items on their MCF accounts to buy food, personal hygiene items, writing/post materials, over the counter meds and phone cards.Visiting & Release
Visiting hours vary, excluding Mondays. A day care center with toys, books, crayons and snacks was created free of charge by the Service League of San Mateo for those inmates who are visited by their children. When an inmate has served his time, or bail has been posted, and he is ready for release, he is taken to the Men’s Dress Out Section where his things are returned to him. Once his paperwork is complete, he is free to go.We know that prison changes some inmates for the better. They learn to keep the behavior that got them there in check and use their time behind bars to better themselves. But many leave no better off than when they came in. They still lack social and employment skills and may still be addicted to drugs. They may return to a life of crime and ultimately… return to the Maguire Correctional Facility.

Gangs Outnumber Police

Larry King on CNN tackled the issue of gang violence on his program October 23, 2006. King gave statistics of a total of 708,000 state and local police against 731,500 gang members nationwide. Gang members now therefore outnumber the police in our country. Now what?The president, in his State of the Union Address last month, announced a $150 million, three-year program to target at-risk youths and discourage them from joining gangs. Bush put the First Lady in charge of the program.There are more than 21,500 gangs across the United States with about 731,500 members, according to a 2002 Justice Department report. Several criminologists claim gang membership is ballooning because of poverty and a rise in the country’s immigrant population, coupled with the emergence of international gangs in areas like Los Angeles, Chicago and suburban Washington, D.C.Though they are unable to give hard statistics, many law enforcement experts believe that gang activity is the leading contributor to black-on-black crime and a mushrooming illegal drug trade (according to Black America web).I know in Orlando where I live it is becoming quite common to hear sirens day and night in the city streets. Helicopters fly over my neighborhood nearly daily (in middle-class America) chasing criminals. University High School this week had a stabbing when two young men fought over a young lady whom they both liked.Earlier this year, an Indian young lady who attended my church was burned to death when she broke up with her boyfriend and he retaliated. What’s going on?Our nation’s leaders had best pay attention to the terrorists at home rather than chase Muslim terrorists abroad. With the absence of fathers in our homes, youth need role models and big brothers like never before.As one former gang member in the white supremacy movement told Larry King, he was transformed by Jesus. On the program he happily and wholeheartedly embraced the black brother without hesitation. Violence and hate is a matter of the heart. It is time we deal with the root of the problem and provide this younger generation the love and personal touch they are desperately crying out for.I have seen great success with inmates while working as a volunteer in Orange County prisons, but I want to do a lot more. Let’s come together and form an alliance to make a difference!

Getting an Experienced DUI Lawyer to Assist You After Being Arrested

If you have been caught driving under the influence or you are being charged with the offence, you are reminded not to disregard it as something meaningless. It is a criminal charge. You must find an attorney who has a lot of experiences to handle your “drunk driving” case. Looking for a good attorney is important because you may be jailed if the case is not handled in a proper way.In many people’s point of view, driving under influence is just a small matter. However, in United States, more harsh penalties and laws are being enforced year after year. For people who have been caught, they could end up paying a big fine or even be jailed. Their driving licenses may be suspended. The drivers could even end up with criminal conviction in the cases where the victims of the accidents were injured or killed. All the consequences could seriously affect the future of the drivers. You may lose your opportunities for employment or job promotion due to this incident. In order to reduce the negative effects, getting a knowledgeable attorney is a must. He or she will help to make your case smoother. He or she will be responsible to make the difference and dig you out from hardship.Nowadays, looking for a DUI lawyer is not hard. By searching online, you will be able to review a number of attorneys’ backgrounds, credentials, experiences, and their previous case histories easily. In order to reduce your charges and protect your license, you are advised to put in more effort to look for excellent lawyers. You should only consider those qualified and licensed lawyers. Don’t waste your time with those practitioners. Based on the reliable records, those experienced attorneys are able to get the cases dismissed completely. If you don’t want to leave any bad or negative items on your record, you had better look for a great one to assist you.The next issue you need to consider is the legal fee. You need to evaluate your financial position carefully to see how much you can afford to pay. At the same time, you need to find out the rates and payment conditions set by the attorneys. Discuss this matter in advance with a few attorneys so that you can make comparisons. Some lawyers require a big sum of upfront from their clients. You have to bear in mind that the more complicated the proceedings are, the higher cost you need to bear. For instance, if there is personal injury in your case, you will be required to pay higher legal fee.If you are guilty of a serious drinking problem, do not expect the lawyer to help you to “runaway” from attending a mandatory alcoholic program or enroll into rehabilitation. You still need to follow the rules. You must change your drinking habit and stay on the right side of the legal system. A good lawyer is there to reduce your charges and you must be responsible not to drive anymore when you drink.

Police Detectives And Private Investigators

Considering the unbelievable success private eyes have had over the years, it is strange that they haven’t been utilized by more different outfits. Here, I will argue that police detectives should use them more often to help aid in cases.Many police stations are overwhelmed and understaffed. State budget cuts have made it difficult for them to carry out their tasks with less man power. This can have terrible effects for the public has some crimes go uninvestigated or poorly investigated. Furthermore, this sapping of resources can also lead to less police officer on the streets as more and more are forced to take on the responsibilities of other agencies.Why is it then that police agencies don’t use private investigators to aid in conducting criminal searches? After all, private investigators are professionals with a high degree of experience when it comes to investigating cases. Many lawyers, indeed, have used them to help with their cases so why can’t police departments as well.Using private eyes would have other beneficial effects as well. It would allow other police officers to focus their concentration on other tasks such s protecting the streets from violent criminals. They can spend more time focused on keeping drugs off of the streets. It is not as if private investigators are incapable of carrying out the task, rather, they in many ways are more qualified then many police officers with little experience in detective work.Using private yes would greatly free up police resources to deter other crimes, while saving money in the process.

What to Do During a Traffic Stop For DUI Suspicion

Being pulled over on suspicion for DUI can be a scary thing. Whether you think you’re guilty or not, there are a few things that you can do during a traffic stop that will help you in the event that you are arrested or charged with DUI.Do not volunteer any information to the police officer. You are required to provide your identification and proof of insurance, but you do not need to answer when the officer asks you how much you’ve had to drink. Do not answer any of the police officer’s questions without your DUI lawyer present. In fact, it is perfectly acceptable to politely state that you will not answer any questions before you speak with a DUI attorney.Decline to take any field sobriety tests, but do it politely. Field sobriety tests are not required by the law, and will rarely help you in court. Be aware that these tests are not necessary for the officer to arrest you on suspicion of DUI. If you are asked to perform field sobriety tests, the officer has probably already made up his mind to arrest you. The purpose of the test is only to give the police evidence against you that they would not otherwise have.Be polite to the officer who has stopped you; your conduct during the stop and arrest can have an effect on the outcome of your case. Be calm and collected at all times. Though being polite will not likely get you off the hook, being confrontational will only make your situation worse. Never lie to the officer. If you tell the officer you have only had one drink, but your blood tests shows that you have clearly had several, you will not look like a credible defendant in court. If you feel that you must answer the officer’s questions, be truthful.If the officer believes that you have been driving while intoxicated, you will likely be arrested. If this is the case, is usually in your best interest to take any breath or blood tests asked of you. If you refuse, your driver’s license will be suspended. As soon as possible following a traffic stop for DUI suspicion, contact an experienced DUI lawyer. An attorney can advise you of your rights, prepare your defense, and help you contest your license suspension with the DMV, which must generally be done within a week or two following your arrest.Unfortunately, many people seal their fate through their actions during a traffic stop for DUI suspicion. If you are pulled over on suspicion of driving while under the influence, be polite, but do not divulge any information that may be used against you in court. Following this course of action may not prevent you being arrested on suspicion of DUI, but it will give the state as little evidence as possible against you, making it easier for your DUI attorney to fight for your acquittal.

DUI Classes – Attend With Comfort

Penalties that are associated with Driving under the Influence (DUI) cases can be severe. An offender may even face a court trial and be sentenced in a rehabilitation phase along with the mandatory study of DUI classes in an accredited and legitimate institution.Driving under the Influence is sanctioned when a driver is caught because of a driving violation, plus the fact that he or she made the infringement under the effects of dangerous drugs or alcohol. The offender would not just pay for his first offense but for the branch offenses as well. DUI now turns to his primary offense; depending on the state the driver is caught.An offender’s license will be confiscated and he or she will be escorted to a local police precinct where he or she will be charged formally. He would then need to contact a lawyer that would hear his case and act as his counsel until the case is formally tried or acquitted. Usually, the lawyer will provide the location of a reputable DUI class and see to it that the offender will attend all the number of classes that the court has given.Hazel Horner of Los Angeles, California commented: “At first, I, attending DUI classes was unthinkable and unbearable. I never thought that it would be mind changing – giving me a new sense of driving direction and would give me the mindset of being responsible and safe on the road.” Offenders such as Hazel started first with feelings of trepidation and anxiety but finished with better driving habits as they discover the professionalism and the guidance of concerned staff of a reputable and widely accredited institution – Positive Adjustments.Attending DUI classes is not an easy thing to accept and fit in to one’s hectic schedule. But, this is very important to ensure that an offender’s driving is fit and acceptable on the road. Safety measures will be learned thus, avoiding unwanted accidents and saving innocent lives. Numerous DUI class attendees gave their positive comments regarding their classes – especially their DUI alcohol class which gave them insights about alcohol and its detrimental effects on the health and judgment, not only on the road but on other phases of life as well. The experience will be worth it.

Drug Cartels are Taking Control of their Supply Chain – Surprised? Don’t Be!

A recent news report was quite telling, entitled; “Mexican Drug Cartel Assassins Claimed on the Loose” which was featured on Channel 3 News in Arizona – it was apparently about a leaked memo from the Dependent of Homeland Security.What are my thoughts and opinion on this topic? “Hmm – like anyone is “really surprised” about this. After all in the Machiavellian world of drugs, guns, and arm sales – this is pretty much a given. The drug cartels need to insure supply chain product flows, or their business model fails – and since they already operate well outside the law and well within the underground economy – nobody or their brother ought to be too terribly surprised.”In fact, I am amazed that this is actually news or those in the enforcement agencies didn’t already know this, it’s not like illegal drug sales are anything new – nor are the tactics being used. “Think people,” said one of our think tank members the other day when addressing this issue, and then he told us a story of what it was like in Los Angeles as the Crips and Bloods ran the street, they basically owned the streets, he explained.Thus, when I read about the drug cartels taking control of their supply chain and then sending in assassins, I just laughed, because MS-13 has been killing other drug gang members, recruiting US citizens, and clearing the way to distribute their drugs, guns, and anything else they can make money on. That’s the way they do it, everyone with half-a-brain knows this. And if the naïve masses watching TV think this is something new or the leaked memo stating such from Homeland Security is a revelation of some type – well, I just cannot comprehend anyone living in such a blind-folded world.Of course, this whole issue gets back to the challenges at the borders, the corruption of security officials, the vast illegal underground money flows, and the reality that there is an unfortunate demand problem in the US for the drugs in the first place. So, what’s the answer? Some say legalize drugs, but that’s no answer, drugs of this type are a real problem in our society, and when someone gets addicted – well, we all lose, and it tears apart families, as I am sure we’ve all heard stories.We are going to have to get serious about our borders, or these issues will continue to get out of hand, as if they aren’t already at crisis mode. Please consider all this.

Orange County DUI Penalties

Penalties for any offense are designed to prevent offenders from committing it again. The effect for any wrongdoing is the punishment for it. The punishment for DUI offenses are harsher because of the potential consequences of injuries and deaths that may result from it.The punishments are decided according to the associated factors involved when DUI was committed and the number of times the DUI offense is committed. The type of punishments involve a combination of penalties such as court probation, fines, license to drive the vehicle, attendance in DUI school and jail term.A first time convicted offender gets a court probation for a period of 3 to 5 years in which he or she has to avoid drinking and driving. But the offender need not report to a formal court officer. The fines are paid either in full or in installments. The diver license is nullified for a period of 6 months. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the authority to issue restricted license to travel to work or school. Further the offender may have to attend a DUI school to attend alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs for a period of 12 to 45 hours depending on the level of alcohol concentration in the blood. California laws require mandatory jail of 48 hours. This may be converted to community service.If the offense is repeated within a period of 10 years, the consecutive punishments get harsher. The second offense carries court probation without any reporting but the third offense requires reporting to an officer. The fines and fees remain the same for second and third offense. The license will be suspended for 18 months and 3 years respectively. The license may be renewed after one year. An ignition interlocking device may have to be installed that tests breath for alcohol. The offenders will have to attend 18 months of DUI school training. The jail sentence is for 96 hours for second offense and 210 days for third offense.If the offender is convicted of causing injuries, there will be permanent loss of license and severe jail sentence. If manslaughter is involved, it may even be tried as murder charge. Also the fourth offense carries loss of license and jail term.The above mentioned punishments may vary depending upon the case. There is a psychological side to the punishments. The suspension of license may also result in loss of job, if the job requires continuous travel.

Jury Duty – Dealing with the Often Unfair Burden of Civic Responsibility

I can only speak of California when referencing contemporary jury duty, though I’ve been called to serve in another state in the past, with equally irritating circumstances to deal with. Until the US Court system treats jurors with the respect they deserve, a jury of one’s peers will never meet its intended ideal. By that standard, anyway, a drug dealer would merit being tried by a jury of other druggies!Frankly, I think the existing jury system itself would be a major deterrent to crime. Who would want to be tried by a jury of individuals, most of whom didn’t want to be there in the first place? Why not? Consider this: their employers don’t pay them during their attendance to civic duty; their families are suffering in their absence; the jurors themselves can’t wait to escape the dancing attorney acts. We would be far better served by professional jurors who understand the law and who have also received formal training in compassion from the school of hard knocks. At least a mixed jury of professionals and greenies would ensure real justice from the system.Added to California’s other mind-boggling woes, which are still taking center stage of late, is a chronic shortage of qualified jurors, particularly in Los Angeles County. No doubt that’s aggravated by a higher crime rate in our overcrowded population, which in itself creates an even more clogged docket. Though the state has completed the phase-in of One Day-One Trial, the general public still doesn’t seem to understand that if they are selected to serve on a jury, One Trial supersedes One Day. A prospective juror is on call for the entire week stipulated in the Jury Summons, reports on the day he or she is ordered to report, and serves for the length of the assigned trial. The only exception is being formally dismissed by the presiding judge on the day the juror is called, or possibly later in an emergency.There is no state payment at all for the first day of jury service. If you are assigned to a trial, from the second day onwards, California now pays the grand sum of $15 a day plus one-way mileage from home to the courthouse, assuming you live in the center of the town from which they’re measuring. Otherwise, you come up a few miles short. This is the first increase in 45 years. It about covers the cost of gas and your lunch, unless you backpack that in and risk putting it in the refrigerators in the jury assembly room.Some courthouses have no lunch facilities; others provide only limited free parking, if any at all. And, you creative folks, leave the knitting and crocheting and embroidery at home. Nothing that could be used as a weapon is allowed inside the building, let alone in the courtroom. Be aware that the TVs in the jury room might not work if the courthouse is being remodeled. No TV antenna and no cable service. Bring your headphones and your own CDs or tapes, or a book that will hold your interest. (Outside of L.A. County, some jury rooms actually have computers with Internet access.)In case you haven’t been called to jury duty lately, the system doesn’t give a hoot about financial hardship nowadays, not even if you’re self-employed, or your employer won’t pay you to serve. Neither does it care that you were scheduled to report to a paid training course, so you could finally get your first job since September 11, 2001. As we were recently instructed, “a five-day trial isn’t considered a hardship to anyone”. Well, excuse me for disagreeing!As far as health problems are concerned, if you’re under the age of 70 and you’re breathing, you can serve. You’ll have to hope your doctor’s signature will excuse you, but often, it does not. Believe me, no courtroom wants a juror with multiple health problems, but they do their best to make you look like a liar during the Inquiry process.As to the type of juror that is sought, the preference seems to be for a prospective juror who is not an independent thinker. Of course, it’s normal to want a panel that is sympathetic, but a balanced jury is more just, when such can be seated. Defense attorneys, in particular, like a juror who can be manipulated into believing their spin on events. That goes without saying. Every client wants an attorney who is on their side, else why bother with legal representation? Any fool can represent herself in a courtroom, if she so desires.*Even so, anyone who appears to be an uneducated, quiet little housewife who can be easily swayed, is likely to be selected for a jury. Woe to the attorneys who make that mistake, however! Little old ladies in particular can be “dangerously” opinionated. It isn’t just good things that come in small packages.The best advice that can be given is: Yes, do your civic duty if at all possible. Heaven knows we need conscientious, caring jurors. Read your instructions. Maintain decorum. Dress conservatively. Do not show up late, at least not without telephoning first to explain your crisis. Cooperate with the court at all times. NEVER mouth off at or otherwise insult the judge. He or she reigns supreme in that courtroom. Answer questions honestly. Don’t let attorneys make you look like an idiot.*[There is always the exception, of course. Sometimes, such short notice is deliberately given, so that the individual has to show up alone. There isn’t time to find and consult with an attorney. I’m talking less than 48 hours! And believe me, it happens, often in challenged probate cases, as one example.]© 2003 and 2006 Shirley Ann Parker. Reprinted from The Corner Desk, and updated in 2006.

Understanding Assault & Battery

Assault and battery are separate offenses in the context of tort law. Assault means an act which creates fear of an imminent attack, while battery is the attack itself, or wrongful touching. Most of the time personal injury claims would come from instances of battery, but even if there’s no physical injury incurred, or if there’s indirect wrongful touching, assault can be charged against the defendant in a personal injury claim. This article aims to explain the law of assault and battery, although tort and criminal laws in any jurisdiction may apply differently for both offenses.An assault is more described as “apprehension of imminent contact”, in which the plaintiff, or the “target” is aware of any clear and present danger or threat of forcible bodily injury by another person. There are three elements which constitutes an assault – 1.) the act must be intentional; 2.) the situation must create a well-founded fear to the plaintiff; and 3.) the defendant is apparently capable of carrying out the attack. As long as these three elements are present, a plaintiff may charge his/her assailant for assault, even if the plaintiff did not sustain an injury or any physical contact with the assailant.On the other hand, battery is the willful or intentional wrongful contact of a person against another. It could be done thru bodily contact, or done by using another object hurled or thrown against the other. For an act to qualify as battery, the contact must be either harmful or offensive, and the act has been completed or consummated.How can a plaintiff charge somebody for either assault or battery? According to tort laws, the plaintiff should not give consent to the defendant’s act. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. There are situations when a harmful physical contact can be anticipated, such as sports, or acts of self-defense, whenever reasonable force is necessary to protect one’s self from bodily harm. Other circumstances that may give exception to this rule would be where people are given “privilege” to apply threat or force in order to bring an effect to discipline, such as lawful arrest by the police, defense of property, parents spanking their children, or defense of property. A plaintiff though cannot charge assault or battery based on verbal provocation, no matter how insulting or offensive the words that were used.This article is not intended to be all-comprehensive regarding laws about assault and battery. As already said earlier, every jurisdiction has its own laws that will apply to both offenses. If you have a case of assault or battery, it’s advised to get legal consultation from a personal injury lawyer to see if it’s worth pursing a personal injury claim.