Domestic Violence cases are aggressively prosecuted in Orange County and can have devastating consequences. Beginning at your arraignment (first court appearance), the prosecution can request a stay away order or restraining order that requires you to move out of your house! CALL ORANGE COUNTY CRIMINAL ATTORNEYS for help immediately!
In California, domestic violence cases are generally prosecuted under three different sections of the Penal Code: PC273.5, PC243(e)(1), and PC242. The law further specifies certain relationships that apply including: spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant, a person with whom the defendant is having or has had a dating relationship or engagement, and a person with whom the defendant has had a child. (California Family Code section 6211). This list of relationships is very broad and means you could be charged with domestic violence if you have a minor pushing and shoving incident with your ex-girlfriend or even an ex-roommate.
Depending on the facts of the case, domestic violence cases can be charged as either misdemeanors and/or felonies. Even relatively minor incidents involving only pushing or shoving or a slap without an injury are routinely prosecuted. At your arraignment (first court appearance), the court can order you to stay away from your wife, girlfriend, roommate, and can even order you to move out of your residence! YOU NEED HELP.
A domestic violence conviction can have long-reaching consequences. The possible punishments include: jail time, 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling–referred to as DVRP or Domestic Violence Recovery Program, fines, prohibition from owning or possessing firearms, and even a stay away order. There may be significant immigration consequences as well.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence or are being investigated, contact our Orange County Criminal Attorney immediately. DO NOT make any statements to the police. CALL NOW to schedule your free confidential consultation.