Tamor & Tamor, Attorneys at Law

Tamor & Tamor is a San Francisco Bay Area law firm with offices in the Jack London Square District in Oakland that concentrates in the areas of complex criminal defense and general civil litigation.

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Violent Crimes

Violent crime refers to events such as homicide, rape, robbery, and battery that result in an injury to an alleged victim.


Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice. There are 3 types of manslaughter: voluntary, involuntary, and vehicular.

Murder charges (first and second degree) is the intentional killing of another with malice (which can be hatred or merely disregard of his/her life). There are two ways that a murder can be deemed "first degree" under California law: either because it displays "premeditation" OR because it was committed in the perpetration, or attempt to perpetrate, certain felonies. This latter category constitutes what is known as "Felony Murder."

Assault and Battery

The law treats the threat of physical injury as "assault," and the actual physical contact as "battery." Thus, an assault and battery is committed when one person attempts to or does physically strike another person, or acts in a threatening manner which puts them in fear of immediate harm. A more serious or "aggravated" assault/battery occurs when a person attempts to or causes serious bodily injury to another, or causes injury or commits an assault with the use of a deadly weapon.

"Assault" can be separate from "battery" where there is an act that creates the fear of an immediate battery and the battery is the act of unlawful touching. Wrongful touching does no need to inflict physical injuries and can be indirect such as throwing an object or spitting on someone. You could even possibly be liable for assault for pointing a toy gun at someone, where there was no ability to inflict physical harm.

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