Murrieta Domestic Violence Lawyer
In the state of California it is illegal to commit an assault or battery against any member of a person's family or a cohabitant. This includes fiancé, spouse, partner, family member or anyone that you may be romantically involved with. If a child is a witness or a victim of the crime, it could be considered a different and equally serious crime, namely child abuse. If you have been arrested for a domestic violence crime, you have rights. Many times, people who are completely innocent are framed for domestic violence out of a jealous act or for personal benefits.
If you were accused of a domestic violence crime and feel that you are wrongly charged, we understand. Law enforcement officials need very little evidence to arrest someone on accounts of domestic violence. Police will arrest an individual if there is something as minor as a bruise or small swelling and if the victim gives a statement of violence. Often times, accused parties act in self-defense or what appears to be a domestic battery case could have been a complete accident.
What Penalties Could I Face?
Under California Penal Code 243(e)(1) or 273.5, domestic violence can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, in the prosecutor's discretion. In addition, the prosecutor can add charges of criminal threats, child abuse, assault and/or battery, in the appropriate circumstances.
If convicted, all charges require the successful completion of 52 weeks of counseling, as well as probation, community service and the issuance of restraining orders. In addition, misdemeanors can be punished with up to 12 months in jail and large fines. Felony charges can land you up four years in prison and large fines.
How Can We Help?
If you or someone you love has been charged with a domestic violence crime, you still have rights. Protecting your freedoms, especially when you have been wrongfully accused, is highly important. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer is your best bet to guaranteeing the most optimal outcome for your case.
Our office provides a free consultation directly with Nic Cocis. During the consultation, you are able to discuss the details surrounding your arrest. You will learn how we can help and what to expect throughout the criminal process.
Contact Murrieta criminal defense lawyer, Nic Cocis, by calling 951.666.2600!