Long Beach Domestic Violence Attorneys
Often referred to as "spousal abuse," domestic violence can and often does involve someone who is not a spouse. For instance, a child, former spouse, or current/former partner may be abused; the assault of a person with whom the accused had a dating relationship may be considered domestic violence. Regardless, our Long Beach domestic violence lawyers know that anyone who allegedly commits this offense must work with a skilled attorney in order to reach to best possible results. At The Justice Firm, we are dedicated to providing you with the legal guidance and support you need. We work to protect our clients' legal rights, freedom, careers, and futures.
Unfortunately, many individuals are falsely accused of domestic violence in our country every day. People are often accused of this offense out of jealousy, in order to obtain custody of the children in a divorce, out of vengeance, or for other reasons, even financial reasons. Whether you are innocent or guilty, it is important to know that a conviction will result in serious criminal penalties that affect not only your freedom, but your reputation, career, and standing in the community.What Constitutes Domestic Violence in California?
Pushing, kicking, slapping, punching, and other physical assault or abuse is considered domestic violence. Threatening or stalking another individual or following someone in a manner that is intimidating or threatening may also fall under domestic violence and/or abuse. Essentially, domestic violence may include violating a restraining order, sexual assault, or placing another individual in a situation that threatens bodily harm.Defenses to Charges of Domestic Violence in Long Beach
In every criminal case, the state must prove very specific elements beyond a reasonable doubt in order for the defendant to be found guilty. As seasoned Long Beach domestic violence attorneys, we will attack the prosecutor's case and challenge the evidence presented. In addition, we will develop a solid, effective defense in our efforts to prevent a conviction and achieve good results. One of the most common defense strategies used on behalf of defendants accused of domestic violence is self-defense. First responders often encounter situations in which the person accused of domestic violence was actually defending him- or herself, or others. It is often difficult to determine who was actually the aggressor; unfortunately, in many cases it is the person who initiated the altercation who accuses the other of domestic violence.Criminal Penalties for Domestic Violence
Domestic violence may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony in California, depending on the circumstances and the damage/injury sustained by the alleged victim. For instance, when the victim suffers serious cuts or broken bones, prosecutors may charge the offense as a felony. If found guilty, penalties include:
- Misdemeanor - maximum of one (1) year in jail
- Felony - Two (2) to four (4) years in state prison
- Court fines
- Community service or CalTrans (physical labor) up to 40 hours
- 52-week counseling program
- Possible protective order or "Stay Away" order
- Periodic appearance in court regarding progress
Domestic violence is a charge that should be taken very seriously, as your freedom and reputation are at risk. At The Justice Firm, our Long Beach criminal defense lawyers have the experience, skill, and knowledge of the criminal justice system essential to reaching our clients' desired result. We are 100% dedicated to protecting your legal rights and freedom, and provide the personal attention you deserve. Contact us now for a free consultation at 310-914-2444.