Charged With Domestic Violence in California? Call Attorney Jonathan Reza Today
- July 22, 2020
- Jonathan Reza
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If you have been charged with domestic violence in California, it is vital to be represented by the best attorney possible, and that is domestic violence attorney Jonathan Raza. Call him today at 877-717-2889.
Overview of Domestic Violence Laws in California
Domestic violence in California is defined as abused committed against an intimate partner. The person is committing abuse when he or she recklessly uses or threatens the use of physical force against their intimate partner. This is a very serious charge and you need a good domestic violence attorney to represent you. Consequences of conviction may include:
- Mandatory minimum jail time that is not up to the judge’s discretion.
- Mandatory participation in domestic violence classes.
- Payment of fines and restitution to the victim.
- Loss of child custody rights
- Loss of gun rights in California.
- Permanent criminal record that can make it difficult to get a job or rent an apartment.
- Possible deportation proceedings for non-citizens
For most people convicted of domestic violence in California, you can expect at least three years of probation and be required to complete the one-year batter’s program. Also, California courts are mandated to issue a protective order protecting the plaintiff from violence, criminal threats, stalking, sexual abuse harassment and more.
The Difference Between Domestic Violence Felonies and Misdemeanors
In many domestic violence incidents, the defendant will be placed under arrest on suspicion of corporal injury to their partner in violation of California Penal Code Section 273.5 PC, which is known as a wobbler offense. Your domestic violence attorney can explain this distinction to you in more detail.
Before you are arraigned, the district attorney will go over the case and determine the level of charges to file against you. Usually, the prosecutor will file felony domestic violence charges when there are injuries, or if you have a history of domestic violence offenses. Punishments are usually enhanced if your victim suffers serious bodily harm.
The prosecutor also may file corporal injury charges to a spouse per California Penal Code Section 273.5 PC as a misdemeanor or felony. Or, the district attorney could file domestic battery charges in violation of California Penal Code Section 243€ PC. Domestic battery is considered a misdemeanor and involves physical contact that does not involve injury, such as pushing and shoving between partners.
It also is important to know that a domestic violence offense can be deemed a strike under the state’s Three Strike Law. A conviction for a strike offense will lead to enhanced sentences and may be used to enhance convictions in the future.
Contact Domestic Violence Attorney Jonathan Reza Today
If you or a loved one has been charged with domestic violence in California, it is very important to call domestic violence attorney Jonathan Reza today at 877-717-2889.