Skilled, Strategic Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges
Unfortunately, many people throughout the state of California are wrongfully arrested for alleged domestic violence offenses. However, being arrested and booked for a felony domestic charge does not necessarily mean that you will have to go to court and face domestic violence charges. Because of “mandatory arrest” policies within California law enforcement agencies, when a law enforcement agency responds to a domestic violence call, the officers are required to make an arrest. This is so because they are obligated to diffuse the situation by placing one of the involved parties under arrest and taking them to jail.
If you have found yourself in this unfortunate situation, there is still hope. There is a good chance that your arrest will not result in criminal charges, however, you do need the assistance of an experienced Sacramento domestic violence defense lawyer. The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes will provide you with the legal advice you need, free of charge. Take advantage of our free consultation so we can help determine whether you truly have to spend your hard-earned money on a defense attorney before you ever spend a dime.
What Actions Are Considered Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is an all-encompassing term that describes crimes against someone else in the family or household. The term includes allegations of child abuse and spousal abuse, but it can also include crimes by one family member against another (brother vs. brother or son vs. mother) or against an intimate partner. In addition to physical violence, domestic violence can also include threatening words and behavior, coercion and intimidation.
Domestic violence charges will be filed based on many factors including:
- How severe the alleged victim’s injuries are
- Whether the alleged violence was committed in the presence of a minor
- Whether there is a prior history of violence within the relationship
- Whether the alleged perpetrator violated an existing restraining order or protective order
As you can see, a wide range of behaviors can be considered domestic violence. This gives prosecutors a lot of latitude to bring charges, which is one reason why you need an experienced defense attorney on your side.
Domestic Violence Charges Are Unique
While domestic violence is similar in nature to other types of assault and battery, it is a distinct crime in California. This is important because a domestic violence conviction often results in harsher sentences than a person might receive for committing the same type of violence against a stranger. Convictions also tend to involve specific conditions of probation, such as required attendance in domestic violence-specific classes and orders to stay away from victims and those who could become victims.
Contact Us Today To Discuss Your Rights And Legal Options
Allegations of domestic violence can ruin the reputation of an individual and his or her family, which is why if you are currently facing domestic violence charges, it is critical that you retain the services of a knowledgeable Sacramento domestic violence defense lawyer. Contact The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes today to schedule your free consultation with our firm.