The Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman provides domestic violence defense for individuals facing domestic violence and domestic abuse charges throughout Southern California. Well-versed in the applicable domestic violence laws, principal attorney Ronald Freeman has a well-earned reputation as a dedicated advocate who is committed to justice.
Although conflicts are common in relationships, threats or attempts to physically harm another person or an assault will likely lead to an arrest: a police officer who is called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in California is required to make an arrest. Fighting these charges requires the skills and determination of an experienced domestic violence attorney.
Trust Ronald Freeman to fight to protect your rights and freedom by providing you with powerful representation when you need it most. Contact our San Bernardino office today for a free consultation.
What is Domestic Violence in Southern California?
A common misconception is that domestic violence only involves spouses or couples, however, the law defines domestic violence more broadly as causing or threatening harm to an intimate partner, such as:
- A current or former spouse
- A fiancé or fiancée
- The co-parent of your child,
- A current or former dating partner
- Household members (parents, stepparents, children, siblings, grandparents, roommates, partners)
In short, allegations of domestic violence can arise in all types of relationships, resulting in a wide range of charges under California law, including:
- Domestic abuse
- Domestic battery
- Corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant
- Child endangerment
- Child abuse
- Elder abuse
- Criminal threats
While these charges depend on factors such as the nature of the relationship and the allegations, specific acts that are considered domestic violence in California:
- Actual or threatened physical harm
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
- Criminal harassment (e.g. threatening letters, phone calls)
- Pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking or biting
Regardless of the domestic violence charges you are facing, it is crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner.
What is a restraining order?
If you have been charged with domestic violence, the court may issue a mandatory restraining order which prohibits you from contacting, threatening, or harming the alleged victim. You may also be ordered to vacate the residence, surrender firearms, and avoid misconduct, such as using drugs or alcohol. Ultimately, violating a restraining order will result in additional criminal charges and may become permanent.
Potential Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges
A conviction for domestic violence will result in serious penalties, but a mere allegation of domestic abuse can have lasting implications, not the least of which is harm to your reputation. Working with an experienced domestic violence attorney is the best way to protect your rights and your good name.
Ronald Freeman will take the time to understand your circumstances, conduct a thorough investigation, and design a defense strategy to achieve the best possible outcome against your domestic violence charge. The strongest defense is to prove that the alleged act did not occur, whether because you were not at the scene or the victim’s injuries do not support the allegations.
Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to assert self-defense as long as we can show that you were not the aggressor and that you reasonably believed you would be harmed. Finally, domestic violence allegations are sometimes based on false accusations, particularly in divorce cases and child custody disputes.
Penalties for a Domestic Violence Conviction in California
Domestic violence is frequently charged as a misdemeanor. However, the charge can be elevated to a felony if the victim suffered bodily harm or if you have prior convictions for domestic violence or other serious crimes.
In any event, a conviction can result in serious penalties, including a prison sentence, fines, court fees, probation, a permanent restraining order, mandatory enrollment in a domestic violence treatment program, and loss of immigration privileges (if applicable). Being convicted of domestic violence also has other serious consequences, not the least of which are the inability to return to your home or see your children. With so much stake, it is crucial to have an experienced defense attorney in your corner.
Contact Our Experienced Southern California Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys
If you have been accused of domestic violence you face an uphill battle. When you consult with the Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman, you can rest assured we will never judge you and will fight to protect your rights. Though domestic violence is a serious problem and there is no place for violence in any relationship, anyone who has been accused of a crime is presumed innocent and deserves skilled legal representation. If you have been charged with domestic violence, contact our office today so we can start working on your case.
The Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman defends clients against domestic violence charges in San Bernardino, Riverside County, and throughout Southern California.