Assault and battery charges can range in severity from misdemeanors to felonies. These charges come with a host of penalties. If you are convicted of assault or battery, anger management classes may be recommended for your resolution plan. Once you complete a series of required anger management classes, your other penalties may be reduced or your charges may be dismissed entirely.
Regardless of the severity of the charge you are facing, you need a San Diego criminal lawyer to protect your rights and limit the consequences that you may endure. Call McElfresh Law today at (858) 756-7107 to find out how we can help you.
What to Expect From Anger Management Classes
The purpose of anger management classes is to help participants develop empathy, increase their level of emotional intelligence, and improve their communication skills. At the beginning of classes, a counselor will reinforce the fact that everyone gets angry at times but the way that people respond to their anger can mean the difference between keeping it under control and engaging in activities that could hurt themselves or others. Participants will learn a variety of coping mechanisms that will teach them how to properly respond to and cope with anger.
Often times, anger management classes uncover the symptoms of deeper issues in relationships or with mental health. If you participate in an anger management class, you may begin to suspect that your anger is related to a chemical imbalance in your brain, a personality disorder, or childhood abuse. A licensed medical provider can help you with guidance on what to do if your anger stems from one of these symptoms.
Deep breathing exercises, counting to ten to slow down the pace of a conversation, and walking away from certain situations that prompt anger are a few of the many techniques you may learn to help you control anger when you feel like it’s getting out of hand. You may also be encouraged to keep an anger journal so that you can pinpoint anger management techniques that worked as well as those that weren’t as effective.
While some classes are offered in person, others can be taken online. In most cases, anger management classes are held in a small group setting with approximately 10 students or less. Sometimes these classes are supplemented with one-on-one counseling services.
After completing anger management classes, you will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to control your emotions, think before you speak, and react calmly in stressful situations. The goal is to become a more level-headed and patient person when times get tough.
San Diego Area Anger Management Resources
If you are ordered by a court to take anger management classes, you may be required to find an approved course on your own. You may find a course online or in-person, but the program must be court-approved. You will be required to pay any fees associated with the classes.
Here is a brief list of resources for anger management classes in the San Diego area:
- North County Lifeline- Vista, CA (760) 842-6216
- Impact Programs/San Diego Referral & Training Center- San Diego, CA (619) 465-9260
- People Skills International Foundation- San Diego, CA (619) 262-9951
- Family Therapy Institute- San Diego, CA (619) 293-3741
- Occupational Health Services- San Marcos, CA (760) 752-5300
- East Region Adult Education- El Cajon, CA (619) 588-3500
How McElfresh Law Can Help
If you have been charged with an assault or battery, you should contact San Diego criminal lawyer Jessica McElfresh right away. We will analyze your specific situation and determine whether anger management classes can help you achieve a favorable outcome. Call McElfresh Law today at (858) 756-7107 or fill out our online contact form today.