San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney for Domestic Battery Charges
Have you or a loved one been charged with domestic battery? In the State of California, the judicial system places harsh penalties on any form of assault, battery, or criminal threat, but when done in a domestic setting, the allegations become even more serious.
Trying to fight this charge alone will most likely lead to a guilty verdict, penalties, and a permanent impact on your future life and the future life of your family. Bradley Corbett is a highly experienced domestic battery lawyer in San Diego who can closely examine your case and fight for the outcome you deserve.
What Is Domestic Battery?
The California laws regarding domestic battery are quite complicated and very broad. In general terms, the State of California defines domestic violence as intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury towards a minor or adult who is also a:
- Spouse or former spouse
- Cohabitant or former cohabitant
- Fiancé(e) or former fiancé(e)
- Father or mother of the defendant’s child
- Person who has been in a dating or intimate relationship with the dependent
This also involves threatening harm against someone in a domestic setting.
The charge of domestic battery differs from the domestic violence charge of corporal injury, because in the instances of domestic battery cases, no visible injuries need to be present in order to accuse another of committing the offense.
Accusing Innocent People of Domestic Battery
Because filing charges of domestic battery doesn’t require visible injuries to be present, it unfortunately makes it far too easy for innocent people to be accused of this crime. False allegations of domestic battery are often made out of jealousy, anger, retribution, or even just to get the upper hand in other legal proceedings like child custody battles or divorce. If a claim was filed against you in the heat of the moment and the accuser then recants his or her claim, police and the judicial system will still prosecute to the fullest extent. In other instances, what may appear as a domestic battery incident was really an accident, or a result of someone acting in self-defense.
Implications of Domestic Battery Charges for Professionals
Domestic battery charges can have a detrimental effect on the career and track record of anyone who holds a professional license or security clearance. This includes:
- Stock brokers
- Government employees
- Police officers
- Government contractors
- Military members
Those listed above risk having their licenses, certificates, or security clearances in jeopardy if convicted of domestic battery.
Non-Citizens Accused of Domestic Battery
Individuals who aren’t citizens of the U.S. and are charged with domestic battery also face harsh penalties. These can include denial of a visa, denial of naturalization, exclusion from admission or readmission to the U.S., or deportation.
Penalties for Domestic Battery
There are a wide range of penalties that can be issued for a domestic battery conviction. In addition to the conviction going on a permanent criminal record, those who are found guilty of domestic battery can face a minimum of 30 days in jail as well as a 52-week domestic battery class.
Don’t Put Your Future at Risk – Call Bradley Corbett Today
Domestic battery attorney Bradley Corbett has won not guilty verdicts in every courtroom throughout the San Diego area. No matter the complexity of your case, Bradley Corbett and his expert legal team will fight for the outcome you deserve, and one that will give you the best opportunities for your future. Call today.