Enforcement of domestic violence laws has become a top priority for law
enforcement officers throughout Orange County and the state of California.
Although many people have been led to believe that domestic violence is
one specific criminal charge, it is actually a term that can apply to
a number of different offenses.
While each domestic violence offense is unique and can involve different
elements and penalties, all domestic violence crimes involve
physical or threatened violence or abuse between individuals in domestic
relationships. These individuals can include:
- Family members
Domestic violence is generally based on the factors above, but it can take
many different forms - and can also range in severity. This is why the
charges and penalties an accused individual can face can be very different
from case to case. Common examples of domestic violence and related charges
in Orange County include:
- Corporal injury on a spouse or domestic partner
- Domestic battery
- Child abuse or child endangerment
- Violating restraining / protective orders
- Elder abuse
- Sexual assault or abuse
Depending on the circumstances, domestic violence can be charged as a misdemeanor
or felony - both of which entail harsh criminal and social penalties.
If defendants have prior domestic violence convictions or inflict serious
injury, charges and penalties can be greatly enhanced.
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., our criminal defense lawyers
are prepared to help individuals charged with domestic violence learn
more about their charges. You can read more about
domestic violence on our website, our
domestic violence FAQ, or by
calling a lawyer from our firm to discuss your case personally during a FREE and confidential