California laws are tough when it comes to domestic violence, with a first offense landing up to 6 months in jail. If you have been arrested and charged with domestic violence, it is going to be in your best interest to have an experienced attorney on your side. Attorney David Gonzalez may be able to negotiate a lighter sentence or no jail time for a first offense, keeping your record clean. Domestic violence cases are extremely emotional and difficult for everyone involved. Mr. Gonzalez has the experience necessary to help this difficult situation be resolved in a timely manner, getting the best possible resolution for you so that you can put this terrible incident behind you. Contact Attorney David Gonzalez today for a free consultation regarding your case.
Definitions and Penalties
Domestic violence is defined as causing bodily harm intentionally or recklessly, sexual assault, or causing reasonable fear of bodily injury against someone you have a domestic relationship with. This does mean than in certain situations, one could get charged with domestic violence without actually physically hurting anyone. It is important to understand that threatening violence against another person can cause fear of bodily harm to that person, and could result in a charge of domestic violence. While in most cases, this is a spouse, other types of relationships are also considered domestic:
- Someone you are dating or formerly dated
- Roommate or former roommate
- Parent of your child
- Family members including, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins
The penalties for domestic violence are serious and more severe than other type of assault or battery cases. In California, a domestic violence unit with special prosecutors will handle the case, and the prosecutor will decide whether the charges should be a misdemeanor or felony. The penalties for a domestic violence conviction include:
- Domestic violence counseling, generally 52 weeks
- 40 hours community service
- A no-contact order with victim
- Up to 6 months in jail for misdemeanor and 3 months to 3 years in state prison for felony
- Protect Your Rights
A charge of domestic violence can be devastating, and having a felony conviction can make getting a job, or even finding a place to live extremely difficult. Attorney David Gonzalez will work hard to ensure your rights are protected, and negotiate for a better deal on your behalf. Call today for a free consultation regarding your personal case. Even if you feel like everyone is against you, Attorney David Gonzalez is here to defend you.