Domestic violence can occur between two individuals that are in an intimate relationship. This can involve family members, individuals that are dating or cohabitating, as well as a married couple. The abuse can come in a number of forms through physical violence or the threat of it, as well as sexual and emotional means. When accusations of a domestic dispute are made, law enforcement can be called in to handle the disagreement. If you find yourself facing charges of domestic violence, you are highly advised to speak to a Palm Springs criminal defense attorney early on in your case. Statistics suggest that around one out of every three women have been involved in some form of abuse. When there is a high volume of claims there is more room for false accusations to occur meaning many will face charges for a crime they did not commit. In other instances the event may be embellished and the charges can often be more severe than what actually fits the crime.
In the state of California, domestic violence can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony; either of which can be severely penalized. Charges will be dependent on a number of factors and certain aspects such as the extent of injuries will be considered. Most domestic violence charges will fall under Penal Codes §§ 273.5 or 242 and 243. Under California Penal Code §273.5, when the willful infliction of injury occurs in a domestic violence case, no matter how minimal the damage is, the charge can be considered a felony that is punishable by up to $6,000 in fines and four years in prison. When the conviction occurs within seven years of another domestic violence conviction, the sentencing can be increased up to $10,000 in fines and five years in a state prison.
Under California Penal Codes §§242, 243(e)(1) when physical violence known as a battery charge is involved, it is considered a misdemeanor. If a conviction occurs, up to a year in the county jail and $2,000 in fines may be faced. Due to the serious penalties you may be facing, it is essential that you have the highest quality defense lawyer on your side. Allegations of domestic violence can often be based solely off the word of another and many times the case can come down to disproving those claims or demonstrating that they have been embellished.
As a Palm Springs criminal defense lawyer recognized as one of the Top Lawyers by Palm Springs Life Magazine consistently from 2010-2014, Attorney Rhea has witnessed numerous domestic violence cases where an individual has been falsely accused out of anger and spite during a dispute. Still, the damage that a domestic violence conviction will do to your reputation is devastating and long-lasting. Those that are sentenced will have to deal with harsh repercussions that can damage them in a number of ways. If you have been arrested or charged, contact the Law Office of Joseph T. Rhea. He has the experience you are looking for in a criminal defense attorney, as well as a high success rate handling all types of violent crimes. His extensive background in criminal defense and demonstrated skill have earned him wide recognition in the local legal community as well as the possible best results in the cases he defends.
If you are facing domestic violence charges, contact a Palm Springs domestic violence lawyer immediately to get started on your defense.
“Mr. Rhea was extremely knowledgeable which, without a doubt, was the reason the Judge dismissed my case without any fines, probation, etc. Additionally, his vast knowledge helped lay out all the scenarios which helped relieve my anxieties. He was extremely prompt and reliable which made working with him a pleasure. I would highly recommend Mr. Rhea’s services to anyone and everyone.” – Former Federal Drug Possession Client