What You Need to Know About Domestic Violence in California
Domestic violence in California is not a matter to be taken lightly. Those who are charged with domestic violence should take time to understand the implications of the charge and what they can do to get a favorable outcome for their case.
Domestic Violence Definition
California law defines domestic violence as abuse or attempted abuse of an intimate partner. This might be a current or former spouse, cohabitant, fiance/fiancee, girlfriend, or boyfriend. Examples of domestic abuse include sexual assault, molestation, hitting, threatening, or harassing.
Domestic Violence Outcomes
Domestic violence in California can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If the defendant is guilty, they may get a restraining order of up to three years or lose child custody. Serious cases may result in a criminal protective order or “stay-away” order that lasts up to three years after the case closes. Penalties might include up to 30 days in jail and/or three years on probation, a year-long batterer’s program, $400 fee, and/or a $2,000 fine.
Defenses for Domestic Violence
There are a few common defenses for those who are wrongly accused of domestic violence, such as self-defense and de minimis infractions. The defendant may be able to claim self-defense if they needed to use force to protect themselves against the plaintiff. A de minimis infraction may be a defense for domestic violence if the physical injuries are very minor.
Contact the Law Office of Bradley Corbett Today
Have you been accused of or charged with domestic abuse? If so, the Law Office of Bradley Corbett can help you get a more favorable outcome for your case. We’ll use our years of experience in the San Diego courts to fight for your case. Contact our team today to get a free case consultation.
Bradley Corbett is a criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah in 2004. Later he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he participated in a prestigious internship program with the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Since then he has handled over 2,000 cases.