What is Domestic Violence?
Spousal abuse is usually defined as any type of abusive conduct between partners who are married, dating, or living in the same residence. It is not necessary for the two parties to be spouses (i.e., married), and can also apply to same-sex relationships.
The term “domestic violence” is considered to cover a broader scope and could also include abuse between other family members, such as parental abuse of children, or sometimes children’s abuse of elderly parents. It is illegal to commit an assault, battery or criminal threat against anyone. However, if the alleged victim is your spouse, fiance, cohabitant or dating partner, domestic violence laws make the allegation much more serious.
What are the consequences of a Domestic Violence conviction?
The most immediate consequence for spousal abuse is a court order instructing the offender to stay a specified distance away from the victim(s). This order may be temporary or permanent.
Penalties for domestic violence conviction depends on the seriousness of the injuries, if any, and the defendant’s criminal record. It could include jail time, probation and anger management classes.
What are some defenses to a Domestic Violence charge?
There are few possible defenses to a domestic violence charge, the most likely being self-defense, in the case where the defendant was justified in using physical force to protect against the plaintiff’s use of excessive or unlawful force.
Contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles
If you are accused of domestic violence, you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the legal system process.