Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys
Domestic violence criminalizes abuse, assault, battery, or other harmful acts against family members or other intimate parties. If you are facing a domestic-related charge, you should understand that these allegations are serious. One of the best steps that you should take in this situation is to obtain the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney who can help you either totally avoid or reduce the charges.
Types of Domestic Violence in Victorville
If you are charged with domestic violence in California, you can be charged with:
- Battery (Penal Code 243(e)(1)). Any willful or unlawful use of force or violence against another individual.
- Corporal Injury (Penal Code 273.5). It is against the law to inflict a bodily injury on a family member or someone with whom you are in an intimate relationship unless that person consents to the act.
- Threats (Penal Code 422). Regardless of whether a person intended to carry out a threat, the state of California prohibits people from threatening others. While these threats might be made face to face, they can also occur through electronic means.
- Stalking (Penal Code 646.9). California defines stalking as following or harassing someone so there’s a credible threat that makes the person afraid for their safety.
Penalties Associated with California Domestic Violence Charges
Courts in Victorville, California prosecute domestic violence charges aggressively. The exact penalties you can face are influenced by various factors including the seriousness of the harm. Charges can be filed as misdemeanors or felonies. Besides the domestic violence charge itself, people also often end up subject to restraining orders. Violation of the terms of these orders can also result in serious penalties.
Some other consequences associated with committing domestic violence in California include being required to attend a 52-week domestic violence or anger management class, community service, and jail time.
Defending Against Victorville Domestic Violence Charges
Countless things can lead to domestic violence arrests. False allegations are not uncommon and sometimes accompany family law court battles.
Because each domestic violence charge is unique, it is a good idea to obtain the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can review the facts of your case and help determine the best way to defend against the charges.
Speak with an Experienced Defense Attorney
The lawyers at Amicus Legal Group help people who have been charged with domestic violence create the best defense possible. If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.
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