When someone is accused of committing an act of domestic violence, their entire world can feel as though it is crumbling. Unfortunately, a conviction of domestic violence is every bit as damaging to one’s future as it is to their reputation. That said, if you’re accused of domestic violence, you should understand that you do have options, and with the right Tehama County domestic violence lawyer in your corner, there’s a strong chance you can actually beat your charges, or at least have them significantly reduced. Please continue reading and reach out to Cohen Criminal Law to learn more about the penalties for domestic violence charges in California and how we can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What defines the crime of domestic violence?
In the state of California, for a person to be convicted of domestic violence, it must be proven that the individual committed an act of violence (or threatened to commit an act of violence) against an intimate partner or former intimate partner.
What are the penalties for a conviction?
If you are convicted of domestic abuse in the state of California, you will likely face a wide range of penalties. For a domestic battery conviction, you will likely face up to one year of incarceration and a $2,000 fine. On the other hand, if you’re convicted of corporal injury to a co-habitant, you will likely face felony charges, which can warrant up to four years of incarceration.
Should I hire a lawyer to represent me?
Unfortunately, people are wrongfully accused of violence against those with whom they have domestic relationships every single day. It doesn’t help that California’s laws seek to harshly punish all domestic abusers. That said, if you are accused of such a crime, you may benefit greatly from hiring a seasoned Red Bluff criminal defense lawyer who can help defend your reputation and future. Just some of the potential defenses our firm can use (depending on the circumstances of the alleged act of abuse or violence) are as follows:
- You were simply acting in self-defense
- The act of abuse never occurred
- You were defending another loved one from an act of violence, such as a child
Cohen Criminal Law believes that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and we are a staunch defender of all those accused of crimes here in the state of California. If you need a legal team that will fight for you, you are in the right place. Contact us today so we can get working on your case.