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Defending Clients Facing Domestic Violence Charges in Laguna Beach and the Surrounding Areas

While physical violence, threats of physical violence, and emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse against anyone can be considered a crime under California law, the state considers these actions taken against a fiancé, spouse, partner, or parent of your child even more serious.

Our Orange County domestic violence attorney has the needed in-depth experience and knowledge of the laws and legal system to effectively protect your rights and work towards a positive outcome in your case.

If the alleged crime was committed against one of the following, you could be charged with domestic violence:

  • Current or former spouse
  • Current or former cohabitant
  • Dating partner
  • Individual with whom you have a child

It is important to note that even if the alleged victim does not want to press charges, the prosecution can still proceed with the case. And if convicted, it can have severe consequences for the individual's personal and professional life. It is critical for anyone facing domestic violence charges to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to understand the charges against them and to develop a strong defense strategy.

Are you facing a domestic violence charge in California? Call Alan Castillo - Attorney at Law, today at (949) 234-6525 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our domestic violence lawyer in Orange County!

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in California?

Domestic violence is a serious crime in California, and those convicted can face severe penalties. The specific penalties will depend on the particular charges and circumstances of the case.

For misdemeanor domestic violence charges, penalties may include the following:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Up to one year in county jail
  • Individuals may be required to attend counseling or a batterer's intervention program

If the domestic violence charges are filed as felonies, the penalties can be much more severe. A conviction can result in:

  • Imprisonment in state prison for two, three, or four years
  • Individuals may be required to register as domestic violence offenders, which can significantly impact their future

In addition to fines and prison time, a conviction for domestic violence can also result in the loss of certain rights, such as the right to own firearms and the right to custody or visitation with children. One of the issues that few individuals consider right away is the impact a criminal record will have on your future. For law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and other professionals, a domestic violence conviction could very well be considered a "career killer."

When is Domestic Violence a Felony?

In California, domestic violence can be charged as a felony under certain circumstances. Some examples of situations that may result in a felony domestic violence charge include the following:

  • If the alleged victim has suffered a significant bodily injury due to the abuse.
  • If the defendant has prior convictions for domestic violence or other violent crimes.
  • If the defendant used a weapon during the commission of the crime.
  • If the defendant has violated a restraining or protective order.

Contact Our Domestic Violence Lawyer Today

It is unfortunate that innocent people are accused of and charged with domestic violence. The accuser can make false allegations out of spite or get the upper hand in divorce or child custody proceedings. In addition, the accused may have acted out of self-defense and may not have been the primary aggressor.

Contact Alan Castillo - Attorney at Law, today to schedule a FREE consultation with our domestic violence attorney in Orange County!

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