Domestic Violence

The people we love the most are the ones that can make us the most angry, and can be the most emotionally-charged relationships we have. You may have thought you would never be involved in a domestic violence situation, but it can happen to anyone. Whether you’re being accused of domestic violence by a family member or romantic partner and need help defending against the accusations, or have been the victim of domestic violence by someone in your life and need help navigating through the process of obtaining a restraining order, we can help! Don’t go through it alone, reach out to someone who has experience with the process and will be with you every step of the way.

Summary of California Domestic Violence Crimes

There are two domestic violence charges in California. The less serious charge is Domestic Battery (Penal Code Section 243(e)(1)). This is the more common charge and is always tried as a misdemeanor. The more serious charge is Corporal Injury on a Spouse or Cohabitant (Penal Code Section 273.5). This charge is a “wobbler,” which means it can be charged either as a misdemeanor or felony. Which crime is charged, and whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, depends on the seriousness of the injury inflicted on the victim. Corporal Injury requires the victim to have a visible injury, but Domestic Battery does not. When a weapon is used or serious injury is inflicted, a sentencing enhancement can apply.

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