Domestic Violence Lawyer in Orange County
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Domestic violence refers to abuse that is physical, sexual, and/or psychological
in nature. Incidents of domestic violence usually take place within a
family setting and can happen between spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends,
siblings, and other close family members. Domestic abuse behaviors may
include sexual assault, physical assault, verbal threats, harassment,
stalking, or manipulation.
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The Crime of Domestic Violence
If a person engages in threatening or physically abusive behaviors within
a family setting, he/she can be charged with domestic violence. In most
cases, domestic violence is classified as a misdemeanor. However, charges
may be amplified if the person being charged has:
- Caused injury to a minor
- Sexually assaulted the victim
- Sexually assaulted a minor
- Caused the victim bodily harm
- Prior domestic violence convictions
- Prior criminal convictions
Domestic Violence Penalties in California
consequences for domestic violence are very serious. Individuals convicted of domestic violence face harsh
legal ramifications like imprisonment, heavy fines, probation, rehabilitation,
counseling, and community service. Furthermore, if you are convicted of
a domestic violence offense, you may be prohibited from making contact
with the victim, or entering their home.
Depending on the severity of the crime, domestic violence may be tried
as a felony or misdemeanor offense. Aggravated violence, prior criminal
convictions, or violence against a minor can increase the severity of
the legal punishment. Because of the seriousness of these charges and
the fact that they can be viewed negatively by potential employers, it
is crucial that accused individuals speak to experienced criminal defense
attorneys as soon as possible.
Domestic Violence Charges
In most states, once a victim reports an incident of physical, sexual,
and/or psychological abuse to law enforcement, the person who abused the
victim can be charged with domestic violence. However, in the state of
a person can be charged with domestic violence even if the victim does
not report an incident.
Once a person is charged with domestic violence by California law enforcement,
his/her charges cannot be dropped unless the prosecutor handling his/her
cases decides to drop them. Even if the victim who sought legal action
wishes to have the charges dropped at a later time, he/she does not have
the power to do so. Only the prosecutor has the legal right to drop charges
against a domestic violence offender. And, after domestic violence charges
have been pressed, it is very unlikely that they will be dropped.
FAQ page to learn more about domestic violence charges.
Orange County Domestic Violence Attorney
Have you been charged with domestic violence in Orange County? If you answered
yes, it is important that you start to plan your case and review your
legal options with a professional domestic violence attorney. Without
representation from a qualified lawyer, you stand little chance of avoiding
The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. has successfully handled a
vast array of domestic violence cases in Orange County, Laguna Hills,
and surrounding areas. As a defense attorney with years of experience,
Virginia L. Landry, Inc. can provide you with the advice and aggressive
representation you need to obtain a winning outcome.
Contact our firm today to learn more about your case.