Here is the code that prescribes what the penalty is:
243. (a) A battery is punishable by a fine not exceeding two
thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not
exceeding six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment.
Generally for a first offense the person is fined, and therapy may be ordered- ie. anger management therapy,along with community service.
The battery must be willful- so for example, if there was an issue with prescribed medication that can help disprove the necessary element.
I would urge you to contact a criminal defense attorney as they are in the best position to either secure a dismissal, or a plea bargain. An experienced local attorney will have a relationship with the local prosecutors and judges and will know which prosecutor/judge will be most likely to lightly sentence in the case of a conviction.
A concern with a conviction is that it stays on one's record and can also affect future employment opportunities; so money spent on a criminal defense attorney is usually well worth it.
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