What To Do If You’ve Been Charged with Domestic Violence Are you facing domestic violence charges in California? If so, you may be wondering what you should do next. Many people are wrongly accused of domestic violence in California, and knowing more about the laws and penalties can help you get the best possible outcome. Check out our guide to learn more about California domestic violence laws.
What is a Domestic Violence Charge? According to California law, domestic violence is defined as abuse against an “intimate partner,” which could be a:
Abuse can be any intentional or threatened use of physical force against the intimate partner. Examples of abuse include sexual assault, attempted bodily injury, molestation, stalking, harassing, and more. Child abuse and endangerment and elder abuse are also forms of domestic violence.
- Spouse or former spouse
- Cohabitant or former cohabitant
- Fiancee or fiance
- Girlfriend or boyfriend
What Are the Possible Penalties for Domestic Violence in California? A person arrested for domestic violence in California can be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the case. The decision will be based on criminal history and the level of trauma to the plaintiff. Penalties could include:
- Up to $6,000 in fines
- Formal probation
- 1-4 years in county jail or state prison
- Restraining order for up to 10 years
What Should I Do If I’m Charged with Domestic Violence in California? If you are facing a domestic violence trial in San Diego, it’s important to hire an experienced lawyer to help fight your case. The Law Offices of Bradley Corbett knows how to beat a domestic violence charge and will work tirelessly to get you the best possible outcome. Contact our expert criminal defense team today for your 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.