What is domestic violence under California Law?
Domestic violence refers to threats or acts of violence between members of the same household, including spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, children, siblings, relatives, and roommates. In most cases, once the police arrive to investigate a domestic violence accusation, someone is going to be arrested. Unfortunately, a lot of domestic violence complaints are filed because tempers flare higher than they should have in the heat of the moment, or because someone wants to seek revenge on another out of spite or anger. However, in California there is no opportunity to drop domestic violence charges once a complaint has been filed. That is an option left to the discretion of the district attorney alone. This means that someone can be arrested and prosecuted for domestic violence, even if they never committed such a crime or were acting out in self defense.
The types of domestic violence charges
If you have been accused and charged with domestic violence, an experienced defense attorney can help you fight your charges and protect your reputation. A Contra Costa & Alameda County domestic violence defense attorney like Lynn Gorelick can provide you with the aggressive defense you need to overcome your charges. Ms. Gorelick offers defense for all acts of domestic violence, including but not limited to:
- Spousal Abuse
- Child Abuse
- False Imprisonment
- Financial Abuse
- Social Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Assault & Battery
Get advice and help with your East Bay Area Domestic Violence case
Allegations of domestic violence require experience, tact, skill and local knowledge to defend successfully. Attorney Lynn Gorelick has been defending people accused of domestic violence related charges in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties for more than 30 years. She will go over your case with you in a free initial consultation so you can discover the defenses that you have and make sure that you know and protect your rights. Contact her at 510-785-1444 to schedule your meeting.