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. California has extremely tough domestic violence laws. Your first experience of this will be the police response to the domestic violence call: in most cases the police make an arrest even when there are no visible injuries to either person. Bail settings are often very high and, again, the penalties are severe.
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 including the extent of injuries involved. Most domestic violence charges will fall under Penal Codes §§ 243(e) or 273.5, and both can be charged as a misdemeanor or a state prison felony case. Often what appears to be a fairly minor arguments gets charges as a serious crime. It is not uncommon to see terrorist threats (Penal Code 422) and false imprisonment (Penal Code 273(a) alleged.
Attorney Joseph Rhea has been recognized as one of the Top Lawyers by Palm Springs Life Magazine every year from 2010-present, Attorney Rhea has worked on numerous domestic violence cases where an individual has been falsely accused out of anger and spite during a dispute. As a Public Defender Attorney Rhea worked in a Domestic Violence court, where he saw tremendous numbers of overcharged and exaggerated cases. While most domestic violence cases do not involve serious injury, the consequences of a domestic violence conviction are severe. 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 Attorney Joseph Rhea 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