Domestic violence is a serious criminal offense in California. A conviction could damage your future and even cost you your freedom.
Domestic violence cases are often complicated, sensitive, and emotional. During such a difficult time, defendants need supportive legal representation. If you were accused of any type of domestic abuse in Southern California, speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately.
At The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, our San Diego domestic violence attorneys provide effective legal representation to our clients. We will fight to protect your rights and to get you the best results.
If you or your loved one was charged with domestic violence in San Diego, contact our legal team for an initial legal consultation.
What to Do If You are Accused of Domestic Violence in California
If you were arrested for or accused of spousal abuse or domestic violence in San Diego, you need to know how to protect your legal rights. In far too many cases, defendants end up making things even worse for themselves. If you are facing domestic violence charges, be sure to do the following three things:
- Stay Away From the Accuser: If you are facing false charges, it is understandable to want to say something to defend yourself. However, this is a huge error. If you were charged or even accused, you will have already been served with an emergency protective order. Violating this order will create very serious problems for you. The best thing you can do is to avoid any contact with the accuser outside of formal legal settings. Work through a lawyer.
- Secure Exonerating Evidence: You should secure exonerating evidence. For example, if you have texts or social media messages that prove your innocence, make sure that you secure this information. Exonerating evidence will help you build your legal defense.
- Call a San Diego Domestic Violence Attorney: Domestic violence is a serious crime. You should not go up against prosecutors on your own or with an inexperienced attorney. Exercise your right to remain silent and be sure to consult with an experienced San Diego domestic violence lawyer right away. Your lawyer will answer your questions and give you legal advice.
California Law: Domestic Violence Statutes
California’s domestic violence laws are designed to prevent violence between close family members and partners. There are several sections of the state’s penal code that could be implicated, depending on the alleged offense. You should know the following two key domestic violence statutes:
- Domestic Battery: Under California Penal Code Section 243(e)(1), a defendant can be charged with domestic battery if they inflict force or violence on an intimate partner. The terms ‘force’ and ‘violence’ are used broadly under this state statute. A defendant does not need to cause a visible injury to their partner to be charged with domestic battery in California. A person could face domestic battery charges even if there was no physical contact. Domestic battery is a misdemeanor offense. It is a punishable by a $2,000 financial penalty and up to one year in jail.
- Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Inhabitant: Under California Penal Code Section 273.5(a), a defendant who inflicts a ‘corporal injury’ on a close family member or intimate partner may be charged with a felony offense. Many different types of injuries are covered by this statute. Any unlawful acts that cause a visible injury or pain to the other party could be covered by this domestic violence law. A conviction for domestic violence under Section 273.5(a) carries up to four years in prison.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
Domestic violence cases are complex and fraught with intense, heavy emotions. If you were accused of spousal abuse or domestic violence, you need a sensitive and reliable defense attorney. At The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, we always put ourselves in the position of our clients. We will work with you to understand your situation and get you the best possible results. No matter your circumstances, our law firm is here to protect your rights and your future. Among other things, our San Diego, California domestic violence lawyers are prepared to:
- Conduct a comprehensive, confidential review of the domestic violence charges;
- Carefully explain your rights and legal options to you;
- Investigate the charges — gathering and securing exonerating evidence; and
- Craft a fully personalized legal defense strategy.
Domestic violence charges must always be defended on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, domestic violence charges are entirely baseless. An accuser may even file charges to get an advantage in divorce or custody proceedings. False domestic violence charges must be defended aggressively. Our San Diego, California domestic violence lawyers will fight to exonerate you and get illegitimate charges thrown out of the courtroom. In other cases, the best defense strategy may be to focusing on securing a plea agreement that will keep a client out of jail.
Get Help From Our San Diego Domestic Violence Lawyer Today
At The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, our San Diego, domestic violence attorneys are committed to representing and helping our clients.
If you were arrested and charged with any form of domestic violence, we are ready to help.
To set up a completely private consultation, contact us today.
We represent defendants in San Diego and throughout the region, including in Chula Vista, Escondido, San Marcos, El Cajon, National City, and La Mesa.