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California Domestic Violence Laws

Posted by attorney Randy Collins

California laws define domestic violence – as violence against someone whom the offender has domestic ties with. It could be anyone that is living in a home, whether this is a partner, an elder or child. It also includes those living outside the home, but nevertheless a person the offender once had connections with. It could be the parent of a child, an ex spouse, ex partner, etc.

Here’s a brief overview of acts of domestic violence, and how they’re punished in court:

Corporal Injury is when someone suffers from injury as a result of an assault. Depending on how severe the injuries are, penalties can be enhanced or decreased based on this one factor. Typically corporal injury is punished by either a misdemeanor: Which warrants up to one year in jail, and up to six thousand in fines. Felony corporal injuries are penalized by two to four years in prison, and a formal probation. Corporal Injury can range from a small cut or bruise, to serious threat to life or limb.

Domestic Battery includes cases where there was an attempt to hurt someone else. Even if the victim did not sustain any form of injury, the victim can still file for an order of protection, and press charges for domestic violence.

It’s very common to see false claims made about domestic violence, in order for the accuser to get a upper hand when filing for child custody or alimony. Many allegations turn out to be true, and even more turn out to be false.

How to Hire a Orange County Law Firm for Domestic Violence:

If you’ve been charged or are under suspicion of domestic violence, Call MacGregor and Collins at 949-250-6097 today. A lawyer can help to prove your innocence, and/or reduce sentencing.

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