When a crime of violence is committed against a current or former spouse, current or former fiancé or fiancée, someone with whom the defendant currently has or previously had a dating relationship, or the other parent of the defendant's child, it can be charged with domestic violence. These charges are severe and can result in lengthy prison sentences, huge fines, and the inability to have a family relationships.
The Orange County domestic violence lawyer at the Law Offices of Christian Kim can help. Being charged with domestic violence can be one of the most stressful and demanding times in a person's life. Representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney is imperative if the best possible outcome is to be achieved. If you have been charged with domestic violence, ensure all your rights are protected.
Have you been charged with domestic violence in California? Call the Law Offices of Christian Kim today at (714) 576-2935 or contact us online to discuss your case with our domestic violence lawyer in Orange County!
The two most common domestic violence crimes are battery and infliction of corporal injury. The battery is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a year in county jail. However, suppose the victim sustains an injury caused by the use of physical force by the defendant. In that case, the assailant can be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a year in jail or a felony punishable by two, three, or four years in California state prison.
The prison sentence may increase depending on certain factors, including:
- Prior criminal history
- Use of a weapon
- The extent of the injury sustained by the victim
- If the Victim was Killed
Although it is much more common for men to be charged with domestic violence, women also get charged with domestic violence. Some crimes may not involve the actual use of physical force, such as criminal threats or stalking. These crimes are also considered domestic violence crimes if committed against one of the persons mentioned above.
Penalties for Domestic Violence in California
If a person is convicted of domestic violence in Orange County, California, and placed on probation, they must complete a one-year Batterer's Treatment Program. There are also mandatory fees and fines, which are unique to domestic violence cases. Another sanction imposed on a domestic violence case is the issuance of a protective order which requires the defendant to have no contact with the victim. This order is usually issued while the case is pending, even before a conviction exists. For example, suppose a husband is charged with a domestic violence crime against his wife. In that case, either the husband or the wife (usually the husband) must move out of their shared residence and find somewhere else to live while the protective order is in place.
Usually, the protective order is in place for three years, and the only way to get it modified before it expires is for the victim to go to court and ask the judge to change the order. In most cases, the judge will require certain conditions to be met before he grants the request, such as the proof of enrollment by the defendant in the Batterer's Treatment Program and the completion by the victim of Personal Empowerment classes.
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In many domestic violence cases, the victim is unwilling to cooperate with the case's prosecution. It is common for the victim to tell the police or the prosecutor they would like to drop the charges. Unfortunately, doing so is almost impossible. Many domestic violence cases are prosecuted without the cooperation of the victim. Even if the victim refuses to testify at trial, the prosecution can prove its case without the victim's testimony. Contact our domestic violence attorney in Orange County today!
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