Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys in San Bernardino & Redlands
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If you or someone you know has been charged with a domestic violence offense, you should immediately consult with a trusted defense attorney. You will preferably want a legal professional who has experience in defending these types of charges and who is familiar with the local prosecutors and courts that handle them. At Kassel and Kassel, we can provide top-rated legal help designed to be proactive, tailored to your unique circumstances, and dedicated to creating the most effective defense strategy available based on the facts of your case. We are proud to be AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale Hubbell®, a highly-reputable legal industry organization that rates attorneys based on peer review. When you hire us, you can rest assured that your case will receive outstanding professional attention and effort.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a label for a multitude of charges related to harming or threatening to harm a household or family member or an intimate partner. It is generally charged in cases where you have willfully inflicted physical injury upon the victim that results in some type of wound, or external or internal injury which may be minor as well as major. California prosecutors and courts do not take domestic crimes lightly; they are aggressively pursued and punished in an effort to protect domestic members and their children.
Victims in a domestic violence crime in California can include:
- Spouses and ex-spouses
- Current and former domestic partners
- Current or former fiancé(e)s
- Current or former dating partners
- Those related by blood or marriage
- Unmarried parents who share a child in common
- Individuals who have lived together or who currently cohabit
Types of Domestic Violence Crimes in California
Other domestic crimes include:
- Aggravated trespassing
- Making criminal threats against a domestic victim
- Cutting or damaging a phone line or equipment
- Posting or sending sexual photographs of a victim with the intent to cause them distress
- Posting or sending injurious information about a domestic victim with the intention of causing them harassment.
What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence crimes can include physical injury to one of the victims mentioned above and includes even slight injuries. It may be charged as a felony. Penalties can include one year of county jail up to four years in prison. Inflicting force, even if it does not result in an injury, in a domestic situation is considered domestic battery, punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Corporal punishment or injury of a child in a domestic situation is deemed child abuse which carries penalties up to a year in jail or up to three years in prison.
Child endangerment which causes harm or endangers the safety or health of a child may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. Penalties can include up to six months in jail as a misdemeanor. Felonies always carry the possibility of more than a year in a state prison.
Elder abuse is another domestic crime that is charged according to the degree of harm caused. Harm to an elder person in a domestic setting can include physical or emotional abuse, neglect, financial harm, or endangerment. If charged as a felony, it can carry up to four years in prison.
In any of these offenses, you may be subject to a mandatory minimum jail time, ordered to pay restitution to the victim, ordered to complete a batterer’s program, and be subject to a protective order that may force you to move from your home, restrict contact with the victim, and affect your right to see your children. You may also lose your right to own a gun and be saddled with a permanent criminal record.
Let Us Fight for You
Domestic violence evidence can be false, misleading, and extremely subjective. Our firm will do everything available to uncover such facts in an effort to help minimize any consequences of such charges. Take advantage of our experience, strong work ethic, and reputation for excellence by contacting us immediately to protect your rights and fight for your future.
Speak with a San Bernardino/Redlands domestic violence defense lawyer at (909) 581-4888 today.
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