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Domestic Violence Laws in California

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Domestic Violence and the Law in California

The term, domestic violence, refers to threats or acts of violence between members of the same household. This includes spouses, children, boyfriends, girlfriends, siblings, relatives, and roommates. California law enforcement officers take domestic violence very seriously and in most cases, when officers are called to a scene involving domestic violence, at least one person is likely to be arrested.

What Happens When a Person is Charged with Domestic Violence in the East Bay?

While there are many victims of domestic violence in the state of California, not all charges of domestic violence are based on real situations. Unfortunately, there are people arrested and charged with domestic violence who, in reality, did not commit any crime. This can happen for any number of reasons.

However, once a complaint has been filed related to a domestic violence charge, there is no opportunity for the party to drop that charge. At that point in the case, only the district attorney can make that decision.

What are the Types of Domestic Violence Charges in Alameda & Contra Costa County?

There are a variety of charges that a person could face after being arrested for domestic violence. The following is a list of common domestic violence charges in the East Bay:

  • Spousal Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • False Imprisonment
  • Financial Abuse
  • Social Abuse
  • Threats
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Assault & Battery

What to do if You Have Been Arrested for Domestic Violence in the East Bay

When a person gets arrested for domestic violence, it is important to consult with a local and experienced attorney who can help explain the process. Domestic violence, along with other crimes, can lead to devastating results. If you are accused of domestic violence, you can be subject to restraining orders which can affect jobs and licensing. If you are not a citizen of the United States, a domestic violence accusation and conviction can result in deportation proceedings. Take a moment to contact a lawyer who has knowledge in this area of the law.

Lynn Gorelick has defended clients in the East Bay for over 30 years and understands how important your case is to you and your family. Gorelick Law Offices offers a free, initial consultation in order to meet with Ms. Gorelick and review the facts of your individual case. To schedule a consultation, call 510.785.1444 or 925.847.3006.

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