Domestic Violence, Criminal Threats, and False Imprisonment Charges: What You Need to Know
Domestic violence, criminal threats, and false imprisonment are serious charges that can have serious consequences. If you have been charged with any of these offenses in the Riverside County cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Winchester, Wildomar, or Lake Elsinore, the Law Office of Nic Cocis is here to help.
Domestic violence is a crime that involves physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual abuse of an intimate partner. In California, domestic violence can include any of the following offenses:
- False imprisonment
- Criminal threats
It is important to understand that the law is not necessarily on your side when it comes to domestic violence. When a person is accused of domestic violence, they can face criminal charges that can lead to jail time, fines, and other serious legal consequences.
Criminal threats are defined as threats of violence or harm that are made with the intent to cause fear in the victim. These threats can be made in person, over the phone, or via text or email. A conviction for criminal threats can lead to a jail sentence and/or fines.
In California, criminal threats are a wobbler offense, meaning that it can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances of the case. If convicted of a felony criminal threat, you could face up to three years in prison.
False imprisonment is defined as the unlawful restraint of another person's freedom of movement. This can involve physical force, threats, or any other form of coercion. In California, false imprisonment is a wobbler offense, meaning that it can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances of the case. If convicted of a felony false imprisonment, you could face up to three years in prison.
What to Do If You Have Been Charged
If you have been charged with domestic violence, criminal threats, or false imprisonment, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The Law Office of Nic Cocis can help you understand the charges against you, build a strong defense, and fight for the best possible outcome for your case.
We understand that being charged with a crime can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. We are here to help you through this difficult time and protect your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.