Domestic Violence Charges

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If you or loved one have been charged with domestic violence in Riverside County, you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence defense attorney.  Please call me now or use the contact form below for a free case evaluation.  

It is illegal to commit an assault, battery or criminal threat against anyone. However, if the alleged victim is your fiancè, spouse, cohabitant, dating partner or the parent of your child, California domestic violence laws make the allegation more serious.  Below is a list of the most common domestic violence charges in California.  

Penal Code § 273.5-Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant

Penal Code § 273.5 makes it illegal to inflict a "corporal injury" resulting in a "traumatic condition." A person commits this crime by striking his/her intimate partner in some violent way and causing a visible injury, even a slight one such as swelling or a bruise. This California domestic violence law can be charged if the alleged victim is a current or former spouse or cohabitant or the parent of your child.

Penal Code § 273.6 - Violation of Domestic Violence Restraining Order

Penal code § 273.6 makes it illegal to violate a domestic violence restraining order.  If you have been charged or convicted of a domestic violence offense, a judge may have issues an order requiring you to stay out of contact with the alleged victim.  If a judge in fact issued such an order, you may be guilty of violating that order if you:  (1) knew about the order; and (2) intentionally violated that order.

Penal Code § 243(e)(1)-Domestic Battery

Penal Code § 243(e)(1) makes it a misdemeanor crime to inflict force or violence on an intimate partner.  This includes your fiancè, cohabitant, the parent of your child, or your current or former spouse or dating partner. Unlike Penal Code 273.5, this California domestic violence law does not require a visible injury.

Penal Code 273d-Child Abuse

Penal Code 273d makes it a crime to inflict "corporal punishment or injury" on a child if it was "cruel or inhuman" and caused an injury (even a slight injury). California child abuse laws allow a parent reasonable latitude to spank a child, but draw the line where the punishment is cruel or injures the child.

If you have been charged with domestic violence Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Menifee, Lake Elsinore, Perris, Moreno Valley, Hemet, Banning, Indio, Corona or Riverside, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call me or use the contact form below for a free case evaluation.