The California Penal Code defines felony Domestic Violence as a person willfully inflicting corporal injury, resulting in a traumatic condition, on a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or mother or father of his or her child. Misdemeanor Domestic Violence is defined as a battery on the same individuals. When the police arrive at a call regarding a domestic violence dispute, they have a duty to investigate and make an arrest, even if they only get one side of the story. Since these cases often involve husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, same-sex couples, or domestic partners, there is a lot more history to the dispute than a typical disagreement. Feelings and emotion are involved and the cases usually include issues that both people have with each other. It is important to have an experienced attorney to help explain your side of the story to both the District Attorney's Office and the Judge handling your matter. Domestic Violence cases often carry important collateral consequences and can affect child custody issues, divorce or separation proceedings, the ability to own a firearm, and often result in restraining orders. Some felony domestic violence cases can even be prosecuted under California's three strikes law as "strikes" and thus, it is imperative to immediately hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to vehemently represent your rights and defend you at all court proceedings. Jackson Law Office will provide you with the representation you deserve to protect your rights and the interest of you and your family.
Our firm can also assist you in obtaining a restraining order or defending a restraining order filed against you in the domestic violence arena. It is important to have the help of an attorney in these matters since the restraining order proceedings in front of a judge can affect your children, your ability to see your children, your ability to live at your own home, and even future criminal charges.
If you are being investigated for a criminal offense, or have been charged with a criminal offense, and want to know how to best proceed, please contact the attorneys at Jackson Law online or call Jackson Law at 650-587-8556.