What Should I Do With My Domestic Violence Charge?

If you are facing a domestic violence allegation, the first thing you will want to do is seek clarity on the severity of the charge. Most domestic violence charges in California fall under Penal Code 243(e)(1), which is a misdemeanor charge. However, depending on the details of your case, your charge may classify as a felony. Receive a thorough and honest evaluation with one of the former deputy district attorneys at Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP.

For more than 40 years, our attorneys have provided professional legal counsel to Californians. No matter how complex your case may seem, you have options. You can rely on our lawyers to identify the best possible options for a resolution in your domestic violence case.

Defining Domestic Violence In California

In a domestic violence case, the prosecution must prove certain elements when it charges you. Those elements differentiate criminal battery and assault and domestic violence. The elements include proving that the person who accused you is:

  • A current or former spouse
  • Your fiancé or fiancée
  • Your child's co-parent
  • Someone you lived with or who lived with you

In addition, the prosecution must prove that you willfully and unlawfully used force or violence against the other person. There are different penal codes that address the severity of violence, and each entails a different outcome if convicted.

Discuss the details of your case with one of our experienced board-certified criminal defense lawyers.

Begin Your Aggressive Defense With A Free Consultation

Our firm focuses on providing solutions for Californians facing criminal charges. We will provide you with an aggressive defense and a creative strategy to reach the best possible resolution. Protect your freedom with our board-certified criminal defense attorneys at Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP.

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