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What Is a Domestic Violence Charge?

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:

  • Spouses
  • Family members
  • Parents
  • Cohabitants

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
  • Kidnapping
  • 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 consultation.