San Diego Domestic Violence Attorney
Skilled Criminal Defense Firm Serving San Diego, CA
Domestic violence refers to violence that occurs between people who are living together, such as spouses or family members. Domestic violence most often involves female and child victims, but men can also be the victims of at the hands of a violent girlfriend or wife, especially when they believe they should never hit a woman and refuse to defend themselves against their female abuser.
JD Law has more than 30 years of experience and offers legal guidance from a top-notch criminal lawyer. Not only is our founding attorney a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, but he has also tried hundreds of cases. Let us utilize our background and experience to help defend you!
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What Is Considered Domestic Violence in California?
Under California law, the following may qualify as domestic violence:
James N. Dicks is a San Diego criminal lawyer who knows how to handle your domestic violence cases. As a former police officer, he has experience with more than one side of domestic violence. This background has proven valuable in the numerous domestic violence cases he has defended. With his solid understanding of California's laws and regulations regarding domestic violence, attorney James N. Dicks is ready to help defend you in your domestic violence case.
Penalties Enforced for Domestic Violence
Even if you feel the charges against you are minor, it is important to understand that your future and freedom may be at stake when facing domestic violence or abuse charges. A domestic violence conviction could carry with it severe, life-altering consequences.
While the penalties will vary depending on the case, they can often include:
- Three years of probation
- 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling
- A fine determined by the court
- Restitution to the victim in some cases
- Public work service
- Jail time in felony cases or cases involving severe injuries
In addition to the penalties the criminal court can enforce, a family court may strip a parent of custody rights, barring them from spending time with their children due to their domestic violence conviction. No matter your situation, you cannot afford to go through this time without qualified representation.
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California law enforcement agencies and courts have become increasingly strict in regards to domestic violence cases. Increased pressure from political groups, as well as extensive media coverage and public outrage, has contributed to California's strict laws on domestic violence.
If your spouse or family member calls the police or 911 to report an incident, no matter how minor, you could face arrest and formal domestic violence charges – even if your partner or family member decides not to press charges or follow through with a case. New laws have made it so domestic violence cases cannot be handled informally under the radar. Even if the alleged victim decides not to press charges, the state prosecutor has the sole discretion to decide whether or not to follow through with charges. This makes it crucial for anyone accused to obtain legal representation they can rely on.
Let JD Law represent you in your domestic violence case and get the help you need to bring your family back together. Contact our San Diego attorney today.