Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Any person who has been charged with domestic violence knows that the situation that presents itself is never easy. The problem with domestic violence is that police and the law see it as a “one size fits all” problem and it is rarely that kind of scenario.

If you have been charged with domestic violence in San Bernardino or Riverside County, it is essential to hire an experienced attorney who can effectively communicate with prosecutors and law enforcement and figure out the best defense for the case.


What Is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence means to bring violence and/or threats of violence to:

  • A spouse (regardless of man or woman)
  • A roommate
  • Parent of a child
  • Family members, which can include children


Common Charges Associated with Domestic Violence

  • Assault (Penal Code 240)
  • Battery (Penal Code 242)
  • Criminal Threats (Penal Code 422)
  • Damage of cable/phone or TV line (Penal Code 591)
  • Intimidation of witness (Penal Code 136.1(b)(1)
  • Threatening phone calls (Penal Code 653m)


Possible Consequences with Domestic Violence Cases

In California, cases that involve domestic violence are wobblers (i.e., meaning that the charges could be filed as either a misdemeanor or as a felony). Depending on the circumstances, the suspect’s criminal history and the severity of the injuries will dictate what charges get filed.

A person may be charged with spousal battery under Penal Code 243(d). If convicted under this section, a person may face up to one year in county jail, probation, a batterer’s treatment program, court fines and firearm restriction.

Alternately, an individual may face corporal injury charges pursuant to Penal Code 273.5. If convicted of this charge as a misdemeanor, an individual could get up to a year in jail, probation, a batterer’s treatment program, court fines and have a firearm restriction imposed. If circumstances warrant, corporal injury to spouse can be charged as a felony, in which case a defendant could be subject to probation, imprisonment for two, three or four years, domestic violence classes, restitution of up to $10,000 and a restriction against possessing firearms.

Fight Your San Bernardino or Riverside County Domestic Violence Charge

If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic violence in San Bernardino or Riverside, contact our office today for a free consultation regarding the matter.

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Client charged with possession for sales and gang enhancement. Client faced 16 years in prison with the gang and prior strike allegation. Client turned down 8 year pretrial offer with prior attorney before going to trial. Not guilty on all charges at trial. (People v. Antwan B.)

Client charged with attempt murder, accessory after the fact and gang enhancement after shots fired at a dwelling. Client turned down 15 year pretrial offer. During trial, plea deal reached for probation with time served. (People v. Rudy B.)

Client charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice when cops performed a probation sweep at her residence.  Client found not guilty on all counts at jury trial. (People v. Felicia M.)

Client charged with corporal injury to girlfriend after argument allegedly escalated. Client had significant exposure of 21 years because of prior strike, probation violation and GBI allegation. At trial, jury refused to convict client, returning hung verdict. (People v. Christopher P.)

Client charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale after traffic stop. Client claimed prejudice by prosecution’s delay in bringing the case to court. Motion filed on behalf of client asking the Court to dismiss the case as violative of client’s speedy trial rights. Motion granted and case dismissed. (People v. Shannon J.)