Legal Representation For Domestic Violence Charges
Are you facing criminal charges for domestic violence in Chula Vista or San Diego County? The Law Office of Troy P. Owens, Jr., is here to fight for your rights and freedom. We offer a free initial consultation to listen to your side of the story and discuss your legal options for defending against your charges.
What Domestic Violence Charges Mean
In California, domestic violence refers to threats or acts of violence that occur between members of the same household or between people who have/had a close relationship. This includes spouses, fiancés, partners, children, siblings, relatives, and roommates.
A person can be charged with domestic violence for a variety of reasons, including:
- Sexual assault
- Physical assault
- Property damage
- Threats of harm
When police have probable cause to believe that someone has abused another person with whom they have or had a close relationship, the police have the duty to arrest that person.
After the arrest, the victim does not have the option of dropping the charges. The court will decide the matter.
Penalties For Domestic Abuse In California
Most domestic violence crimes are charged as misdemeanors. These types of charges can result in up to $2,000 in fines and a maximum jail sentence of one year. It is also possible that a restraining order could be put in place.
Domestic violence crimes can be elevated to felony charges when serious bodily injury is caused to the victim, the incident involved sexual assault, or there was a minor who was harmed or sexually assaulted.
The crime may also be charged as a felony if the offender has previously been convicted of domestic violence or has other criminal convictions on their record. Felony charges are punished more severely, with fines reaching $10,000 and jail terms extending to seven years.
Contact The Law Office of Troy P. Owens, Jr.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer to defend your rights. Our Chula Vista domestic violence attorney has successfully handled countless cases involving abuse between household members. Our goal is to help you obtain a fair outcome.