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Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys  – Penal Code 13700 PC

Consult with experienced domestic violence defense attorneys to help lessen the impact of your arrest

Under California law, domestic violence occurs when someone threatens or uses physical force against a vulnerable person, such as an “intimate partner,” minor, or the elderly.  Even an aggressive action that does not cause injury can result in charges. An accusation or charge of domestic violence can carry significant consequences professionally, personally, and criminally.  The facts of each situation – including prior criminal history and severity of injuries – dictate whether you can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

If you or a loved one has been charged with domestic violence, you should seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney for direction. The domestic violence lawyers at My Rights Law have years of successful results defending individuals accused of domestic violence. Call (888) 702-8882 or contact us through our secure web form for a free, confidential consultation about how we can help with your case.

What Is An “Intimate Partner”

Many people consider “spousal abuse” synonymous with domestic violence, but the domestic violence laws in California extend beyond that formalized relationship.  An “intimate partner” under California law can include:

  • Someone you are or were married to, engaged to, or dating
  • Someone you are or were living with (cohabitating)
  • Someone with whom you have or had a child[1]

It is also important to note that courts in custody disputes will extend the list to include individuals related to you by blood or marriage. Evidence of domestic violence against that broader group can be used to limit your visitation time.

Domestic Battery – Penal Code 243(e)(1) PC

Under California law, a domestic battery charge does not require a visible injury, which makes this accusation potentially a powerful weapon.  A domestic battery charge only requires you to touch an “intimate partner” in anger or an offensive manner.[2]  As a misdemeanor, sentencing can include prison time and a fine, but a knowledgeable attorney may be able to help you get probation depending on the circumstances of your case.

Corporal Injury To A Spouse Or Cohabitant – Penal Code 273(5)(a) PC

If you use physical force against an “intimate partner” that causes bodily injury – even bruising – you can be charged with corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant.[3]  The court will again look at the circumstances giving rise to the injury and your prior history to decide the level of charges and punishment.  If you injured your partner, even accidentally, during an argument or interaction, contact an attorney immediately to discuss the best approach to your defense.

Stalking – Penal Code 646.9 PC

Another variety of domestic abuse includes stalking, which can result in misdemeanor or felony charges.  You can be charged with stalking if a person legitimately fears for their safety (or safety of their family) because of your actions, such as:

  • following
  • harassing
  • making credible threats[4]

These accusations can also give rise to a civil lawsuit against you.  An attorney can assist you in asserting legal defenses against these accusations – for example, you lacked the intent to cause fear, made no credible threat, or were engaged in some form of legally protected activity.

Criminal Threats – Penal Code 422 PC

If you threaten harm to another person or their family, you could be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony of making Criminal Threats.  You could be prosecuted under this law if:

  • you transmitted a threat, whether written, verbal, or electronic
  • the threat is to commit a crime that could cause serious injury or death
  • you intended for the threat to be known by the other person
  • the threat reasonably made the other person fear for life or safety[5]

Because courts generally recognize that domestic violence cases are fertile ground for false accusations and exaggerations, a good defense attorney can help you craft a defense based on the facts of your case.

Aggravated Trespass – Penal Code 601 PC

Criminal trespass in California involves entering or staying on someone’s property without the right (or their permission) to do so.  This can include failing to leave when asked and entering someone’s property with intent to cause damage. Depending on the circumstances, criminal trespass can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony.

Aggravated or felony trespass occurs when the intrusion to another’s property follows within 30 days of uttering a criminal threat (explained above).[6]  Aggravated trespass charges often arise during domestic violence cases and accompany criminal threat charges.  Defending against an aggravated trespass charge requires you to show the threat lacked credibility, that you did not intend the person to feel threatened or in fear, or that you didn’t intend to carry out the threat when you trespassed.

Revenge Porn – Penal Code 647(j)(4) PC

Revenge porn—posting online intimate videos or pictures of someone without their consent—represents a relatively newly recognized domestic violence crime. Misdemeanor criminal charges can be brought when:

  • you intentionally distribute identifiable images of another person’s intimate body parts, or an image of the person engaged in one of a variety of sexual acts
  • you had a mutual understanding that the images would remain private
  • you knew distributing the images would cause significant harm or emotional distress to the person
  • the person experienced significant emotional distress[7]

If you are facing revenge porn charges, consulting a savvy attorney can help defend you and may limit your legal exposure.

Elder Abuse – Penal Code 368 PC

Elder abuse also increasingly gives rise to domestic violence charges.  Generally encompassing either physical or financial abuse, elder abuse crimes fall under misdemeanor and felony categories. The charge depends on how much physical harm and injury is done or the financial loss incurred in these cases.

You may be charged with physical elder abuse if you:

  • endangered the life of a person aged 65 or older by causing unjustifiable pain or suffering, including mental
  • acted intentionally or with criminal negligence[8]

You may be charged with financial elder abuse if you:

  • know a person is 65 or older
  • commit a financial crime against that person[9]

Coercive Control – Senate Bill 1141 SB

In 2020, the California legislature amended the Domestic Violence Prevention Act to include acts of “coercive control” as a form of domestic violence.  The amendment prohibits “disturbing the peace of the other party” via conduct that “destroys the mental or emotional calm of the other party.”

“Coercive control” itself is an example of banned conduct.  If you engage in a pattern of actions that unreasonably interferes with a person’s “free will and personal” liberty, you can be charged.  This behavior pattern can involve:

  • direct or indirect (through a third party) contact, including all forms of electronic communication
  • seeking to isolate the individual from friends and family
  • seeking to control, surveil, or impede the individual’s ability to live freely
  • using threats to force the individual to change their behavior unwillingly

This represents an expansion of the concept of domestic violence to include emotional abuse.  Unlike physical abuse, emotional abuse cannot always be seen or quantified.  An accusation of “coercive control” can expose every nuance of your life to scrutiny.  Speaking with an effective, aggressive attorney at the first hint of this issue can provide you with the knowledge necessary to mount a vigorous defense.

The Importance of Choosing A Skilled Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

My Rights Law is dedicated to providing experienced legal advice and strong defense strategies for our clients who are facing domestic violence allegations. We understand the traumatic condition many people endure during intimate relationships and how a false allegation can mean county jail time or even a felony conviction. Our team of knowledgeable attorneys can help navigate the complex issues associated with any type of domestic violence incident, including dating relationships, engagement relationships, family violence, and domestic partner support issues.

We know the system is often stacked against those who have been accused of any type of physical injury, threat of violence, misdemeanor domestic or felony violation, or any other form of domestic violence. We are here to provide an assessment based on alleged victims, eyewitness testimony, or any other evidence that may be used as part of your case. For those facing charges, we will work hard to build a strong defense that counters all accusations of abuse and/or any actions that may be considered as moral turpitude.

For those seeking assistance for themselves or their loved ones, My Rights Law will work to bring peace back into the relationship by developing strategies that protect both parties from future abuse or feelings of reasonable apprehension. Most importantly, we will do whatever it takes to keep you in control of your situation and provide the guidance needed in order to move forward without fear of any further domestic violence or bodily harm.

At My Rights Law, we are committed to providing the most effective legal representation for victims of domestic violence. We understand that no two cases are alike, and we strive to ensure that clients have the best possible chances of achieving a favorable outcome in court. From assisting with obtaining restraining orders to building strong defense strategies, we provide comprehensive support throughout the entire process.

A domestic violence conviction can have serious consequences, making it essential for those accused to take all necessary steps to protect their rights. Our team has extensive experience in navigating the complexities of these cases, including issues such as threats of violence, false allegations, and determining when emotional damages can be taken into consideration.

Our goal is to provide personalized and compassionate service that help clients come to the best resolution possible. We will fight tirelessly on your behalf and go above and beyond to ensure that justice is served. Contact us now for experienced counsel regarding any Domestic Violence issue you may face.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lawyers For Domestic Violence

What is a domestic violence defense lawyer?

Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers are attorneys who specialize in the legal defense of individuals accused of domestic violence-related crimes. These may include cases involving physical abuse, emotional abuse, threats and intimidation, stalking, controlling behavior, financial abuse, and more. Domestic violence defense lawyers understand the complexities of these cases and can provide skilled legal representation to ensure their clients’ rights are upheld in court. They work tirelessly to establish a strong defense strategy and explore every avenue for legal defense. When it comes to defending against allegations of domestic violence, having an experienced attorney on your side is essential.

Do I need a lawyer for domestic violence charges?

Domestic violence charges are serious and can have life-altering consequences, including fines, probation, and even imprisonment. If you believe you may face domestic violence charges, it is essential that you seek legal representation right away. Having an experienced, knowledgeable lawyer on your side will give you the best chance of successfully defending yourself against these charges. At My Rights Law, our team of dedicated attorneys is prepared to handle any case with tenacity and precision. We understand the severity of these allegations and strive to provide our clients with outstanding defense no matter how complicated the case. Don’t face domestic violence charges alone – contact us today for a free consultation.

What type of lawyer do I need for domestic violence?

If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic violence, it is essential to seek the expertise of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A skilled lawyer can provide an advocate for your best interests, build a strong defense and protect your rights as you navigate through this difficult legal process. They can also offer advice on any potential outcomes, including alternative sentencing options or defending against false allegations. Domestic violence charges come with serious consequences that can significantly impact one’s life, so make sure to seek qualified legal representation in order to protect yourself and your future.

How to get a domestic violence case dismissed in California?

Are you facing a domestic violence charge in California? A conviction can have life-altering consequences. But don’t think all hope is lost—you could have a case dismissed or your charges reduced with the help of an experienced attorney. At My Rights Law, we possess extensive knowledge and resources to devise unique legal strategies tailored to your needs. Our team of skilled defense lawyers are adept at analyzing evidence, building a strong defense, negotiating with prosecutors, and advocating for our clients’ rights in court. We will investigate every detail of your case and pursue every possible avenue for dismissal or reduction of charges. Call us today for a free consultation and see how we can help you get your case dismissed.

How much does it cost to hire a lawyer for domestic violence?

At My Rights Law, we are committed to ensuring that those who face domestic violence charges have access to justice. We understand that the immediate costs of defending yourself can be overwhelming, so we offer free initial consultations. From there, our lawyers will work with you to create a personalized plan that meets your needs and fits within your budget. Our attorneys have years of experience in fighting for justice on behalf of domestic violence defendants, and they have the expertise and legal knowledge to get you the best outcome possible. Contact us today to find out how My Rights Law can help you protect your rights and get the justice you deserve.

The Importance of Choosing An Experienced California Domestic Violence Lawyer

The defense attorney you choose can make the difference between having criminal charges dismissed or being severely punished. My Rights Law’s strong team of criminal lawyers have the resources and experience that enable us to pursue difficult cases yielding favorable results. We protect our clients through our expertise in the law and extensive experience in handling all misdemeanor and felony criminal cases including, but not limited to, alcohol-related crimes, drug crimes, violent crimes, domestic violence, sex crimes, crimes against children, theft crimes, juvenile delinquency crimes, gun crimes, property crimes, cybercrimes, driving offenses, public safety crimes, federal crimes, financial crimes, crimes against the government, crimes against justice, and inchoate crimes. We also specialize in restraining orders, pretrial diversion programs, and expungements.

Hiring A Lawyer For Domestic Violence

Are you facing a domestic violence charge and need to consult with a criminal defense law firm? My Rights Law will work tirelessly to defend you and protect your rights. If you are or think you may be facing domestic violence charges, contact My Rights Law immediately either at (888) 702-8882 or through our secure web form for a free consultation about how we can help you.

[1] California Penal Code 13700 PC.
[2] PC 243(e)(1): battery against a spouse, former spouse, fiancé, fiancée, romantic partner (past or present), or co-parent.
[3] PC 273.5(a).
[4] PC 646.9: “willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another person…”
[5] PC 422.
[6] PC 601.
[7] PC 647(j)(4).
[8] PC 368(b).
[9] PC 368 (d) and (e).

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