Domestic violence cases are extremely difficult and sensitive on many levels. The defendant and spouse typically have serious relational issues, previous accusations and more. If a child is involved, it makes the criminal case all the more complicated. Judges, jury members, police and prosecutors often judge anyone accused of spousal abuse as guilty even before any evidence is collected. There are specific laws in California governing domestic violence – California Penal Code 273.5. It also makes any “traumatic” bodily injury a crime, whether internal or external. It defines domestic violence as crimes involving spouses, former spouses, cohabitating couples and former cohabiting couples.
The penalties for these crimes are serious and should not be underestimated. Conviction of misdemeanor spousal abuse includes:
Being convicted of a felony spousal abuse crime includes:
Having a criminal defense attorney who understands how Los Angeles judges, juries, prosecutors and police operate is a must if you are charged with such a crime. The government will assign its best lawyers to any domestic violence case, meaning that you need a lawyer who can provide a top notch legal defense.
At Premier Federal Criminal Defenders, our criminal defense attorneys have worked with a number of people accused of spousal abuse, both men and women.
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