Domestic violence is a serious problem. Each year, thousands of domestic violence cases are filed in California. However, just because you have been charged with domestic violence, it does not mean that you are guilty of the charges. If you or someone you know has been falsely accused of domestic violence, you need to immediately hire an experienced and aggressive Central Valley domestic violence defense attorney to protect your legal rights.
What Is Domestic Violence?
The term domestic violence is broadly used to define any type of abuse that occurs inside of a family or intimate relationship. This type of abuse can be emotional, mental, physical, or financial. The most important part of the legal definition of domestic violence is that it happens between two (or more) individuals of the same household, family or relationship.
Common examples of domestic violence include:
- Physical attacks, such as hitting, scratching, punching or biting
- Using threats towards others
- Controlling finances
- Name-calling, playing mind games or belittling another
- Forcing sexual activity
Legal Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
If you are convicted on domestic violence charges, it can significantly impact all aspects of your life. Some severe consequences include:
- Expensive fines and legal fees
- Arrest, criminal penalties, or serving jail or prison time
- Restrictions on owning or carrying firearms (that you may otherwise have a license to carry)
- Alimony and child support
To avoid any of these, or other, consequences, it is imperative that you immediately consult with a Central Valley domestic violence defense attorney. The right attorney can increase the chances of successfully fighting the domestic violence charges and avoiding the negative impact on your life.
Possible Defenses to a Domestic Violence Charge
In most domestic violence cases, there are typically only two defenses you can assert: 1) self-defense, and 2) de minimis infractions. Under the doctrine of self-defense, you may be justified to use physical force toward the other person seeking the charges if you reasonably believed that such force was necessary to protect against that individual’s use of unlawful force.
The second defense is generally more widely used as a defense. You or your attorney would need to show that your minor was so trivial that it should not even be considered a criminal offense. This defense is easier to prove in most cases. Your Central Valley domestic violence defense attorney can better assess the facts of your case to determine which defense strategy better applies to your case.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Domestic Violence Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic violence or are being accused of domestic violence, you must contact competent counsel as soon as possible to help you learn your legal rights and options with respect to the division of your assets.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley family law attorney Gurjit Srai, please call (209) 323-5558, or complete our online form.