The term "domestic violence" normally refers to violence or threats of violence upon someone in the same household or in a present or past intimate or family relationship — usually one of the following:
- A husband, a wife or a same-sex spouse
- A boyfriend, girlfriend, domestic partner or former domestic partner
- The other parent of an alleged victim's child
Domestic abuse or family violence accusations may also refer to child abuse, abuse of an elderly parent or another family member. If you or a loved one has been accused of domestic violence or domestic abuse in California, lawyers at The Law Office of Glew & Kim urge you to get legal advice and representation as soon as possible. From law offices in Santa Ana, we serve clients from throughout the region.
Our goal in every criminal defense matter is the same: to protect our clients' constitutional rights and help them achieve the most favorable outcome attainable. Immediate concerns often include reclaiming access to one's home and/or children. More long-term concerns, such as clearing one's name and avoiding a criminal record, can have even farther reaching effects.
What Are Your Specific Legal Charges Having To Do With Domestic Violence?
Attorneys at our firm will also begin your case — if you decide to retain our services — with a careful review of your criminal charges. Police may have charged you with two or more offenses. We have often helped clients eliminate some charges through aggressive advocacy early in their domestic violence cases. Depending on individual circumstances, your criminal charges may include one or more of the following:
- Spousal abuse
- Criminal threats
- Threatening phone calls
- Damage to phone, cable or television lines
- Intimidating a witness or victim
Did Police Charge You With A Misdemeanor Or Felony? Was It An Alleged Local, State Or Federal Crime?
Whether your case will be classified as a misdemeanor or felony will normally depend on the seriousness of the case. Severe cuts and broken bones will almost always be charged as felonies. No injury or slight injury cases will be charged as misdemeanors. Prior acts of violence by the person charged may also factor into the prosecutor's decision to file it as a felony.
If charged as a felony, the defendant could serve at least two years or more in the state prison. If charged as a misdemeanor, the punishment is not more than one year in the county jail. Also, the law requires that the defendant complete a 52-week program.
The court will most likely order a stay-away order, which prohibits the defendant from having any contact with the victim.
Our attorneys advocate zealously for our clients, fighting for the least punitive outcome for each one.
Your Freedom And Your Future Are Our Top Concerns
For best results after a domestic violence arrest, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Contact our Santa Ana law firm by email or by calling 866-416-2161 to learn how we can help.
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