Domestic violence charges can be extremely complicated and require the representation of a knowledgeable domestic violence attorney. Domestic violence charges depend upon the relationship between the defendant and the alleged victim. If a family member of the household commits a crime against another member of the family or household, or if you are in a dating relationship with another person whom you commit a crime against, the charge of domestic violence will typically be applied to the crime.
Penalties for Domestic Violence
Penalties for domestic violence charges range depending on the severity of the offense. The offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Often times the only witness is the alleged victim. In these instances, the act of domestic violence may be difficult to prove. In many domestic violence cases, claims are exaggerated or false.
If you have been charged with domestic violence it is important that you speak to a domestic violence attorney regarding the details of your case. If you attempt to communicate with the victim you may face additional criminal charges if an emergency protective order has been issued by the court. The most common charge is a violation of Penal Code section 273.5. According to California Penal Code 273.5, anyone who inflicts bodily injury on a spouse roommate or partner is guilty of corporal injury. However, there are a number of charges that can stem from an incident of domestic violence, including:
- Simple battery
- Sexual battery
- Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order
Domestic Violence Conviction
A domestic violence conviction can have long term effects on your personal and professional life. Most domestic violence convictions make you ineligible to possess a firearm and can result in the termination of your employment and make it extremely difficult to find employment in the future. A conviction can also include jail, fines and probation, a protective order, and restrict your travel, if placed on probation.