The U.S. State of California has approximately 40 million residents. Domestic violence affects children, adults, and elders. California residents made approximately 161,123 domestic violence-related calls in 2019.
Eight years ago, California residents made 151,325 domestic violence-related calls. Four years later, California residents made approximately 169,362 domestic violence-related calls. Many domestic violence-related calls involve weapons, but this number decreased from 76,707 in 2018 to 75,128 in 2019.
Firearms are also often used during domestic violence disputes in California. Between 2010 and 2019, firearm involvement increased from 867 reported cases to 1,388 reported cases.
DeLimon Law protects defendants who are facing domestic violence charges. Accused individuals may be charged with misdemeanors or felonies. If you need legal representation because you are facing domestic violence charges, contact our team today at 951-777-9104.
Domestic Violence As A Felony Or Misdemeanor
Prosecutors may file domestic violence charges as felonies or misdemeanors. Prosecutors have the discretion to charge defendants with either felonies or misdemeanors based on the facts and evidence of each case.
The past criminal record of a defendant will influence the prosecutor’s decision to either file the charges as a felony or a misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a felony domestic violence charge, you may face significant jail time. You may also be ordered to pay restitution and fines. Also, you will likely be ordered to attend counseling classes.
In specific cases, the court may impose a restraining order which will forbid you from having any contact with the alleged victim. These consequences are severe, and if you are facing domestic violence charges, it is imperative that you retain a Riverside, CA domestic violence attorney as soon as possible.
Listed below are possible domestic violence charges you may face in the State of California.
653m(a) PC. Making An Annoying Telephone Call
Making an annoying telephone call is a misdemeanor and is punishable by six months in jail. The prosecutor will attempt to prove that you made a telephone call, or used other electronic means, and used verbal threats to injure another person or their property.
It is important for you to retain legal representation if you are facing this charge. You may have spoken to someone on the phone and engaged in an argument. If you are then accused of making an annoying telephone call, you will need a criminal defense attorney to help you present your side of the case.
273.5(a) PC. Corporal Injury To Spouse
Corporal Injury to a spouse is a felony punishable by two, three, or four years in state prison. If the prosecutor charges a misdemeanor, the offense is punishable by up to one year in county jail. To be found guilty of this offense, the prosecutor must prove that you willfully inflicted a traumatic injury on another person who is either the spouse, living partner, parent of your child, or a former partner with whom you previously lived.
Contact DeLimon Law Today To Schedule A Free Consultation
Contact DeLimon Law today to schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case. You need to retain legal representation if you are facing domestic violence charges. If you are convicted of charges related to domestic violence, you will suffer consequences that will make it more difficult for you to obtain employment and housing. Let us help protect your rights and your future.