Santa Barbara Domestic Violence Attorney
Schedule a No-Cost Initial Case Consult at (805) 467-6060
If you committed assault or battery or threatened a fiancé, spouse,
cohabitant, partner, or the parent of your child, this is considered "domestic
violence." California takes
violent crimes charges seriously and usually a district attorney's office will continue
prosecuting a case even if an accuser no longer wants to press charges.
These charges also result in more severe penalties than simple assault
and battery charges.
Sometimes, domestic violence accusations are simply misunderstandings.
It may be the result of a false accusation or an attempt by the accuser
to leverage an advantage during a divorce or child custody case. Whatever
the circumstances, our
Santa Barbara defense lawyers at
Appel & Morse can help you launch a thorough investigation into the details of your
case. We use our
former prosecutorial experience to fight for the best possible outcome, inside and outside of court.
Learn about your defense options during a
no-cost initial evaluation.
What the Prosecution Must Prove
In order to convict you, the prosecution must show that you willfully and
intentionally inflicted (or threatened) a bodily injury, and that you
inflicted the injury upon a current or former spouse, partner, girlfriend,
someone with whom you have had a sexual relationship or a person with
whom you have a child together.
What penalties will I face, if I am convicted?
A domestic violence charge is a "wobbler," which means it can
be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If your charge is classified
as a felony, it will count as a strike under the California Three Strikes
Law, which can lead to enhanced sentencing for any future cases.
A domestic violence conviction can result in:
- A minimum of 30 days in jail (even for a first-time misdemeanor)
- A 52-week domestic batterer's class
- Community service
It is also likely that the victim will obtain a court order of protection
against you. And a domestic violence conviction can have an adverse effect
upon future employment and educational opportunities. If you would like
to learn more about domestic violence charges and how a Santa Barbara
criminal defense attorney can protect you, we encourage you to call our
office and request a
free consultation with us today!
Call (805) 467-6060 now!
We offer flexible appointments available on weekends and nights.