Domestic violence are cases where violence occurs between people who are living together, such as spouses or family members. A variety of crimes can constitute domestic violence, such as assault, battery, and sexual assault. Domestic violence cases can involve complicated issues and often cross over into other legal areas, including dependency cases.
If you are being accused of domestic violence, you need to take the charges seriously. Both men and women alike can be accused of domestic violence.
The statutory laws in California for domestic violence crimes have become more complex. Legislators continue to bend to public pressure to toughen the laws. The sentencing for even misdemeanor domestic violence almost always include jail time and a minimum one year in a counseling program. The probationary terms are often quite strict.
These cases have far reaching consequences for all family members. Even if a family member declines to press charges, the prosecutor can effectively continue with the prosecution.
If you are being accused of domestic violence, you need to contact The Law Offices of Paula Drake to safeguard your rights and protect your freedom. Criminal Defense Attorney Paula Drake has extensive experience in dealing with restraining orders, family law and dependency court issues.