Consequences of a California Domestic Violence Conviction

In the state of California, domestic violence is one of the most common prosecuted crimes under various criminal law provisions.  Its general definition is an attempt or threat to use physical force against an intimate partner. In Los Angeles criminal courts, domestic violence allegations are taken seriously and most defendants... View Article

Best Defenses for Los Angeles Domestic Violence Charges

In the context of fighting a domestic violence charge in California, the “best defense” means a strategy most likely to result in a favorable plea agreement from the prosecutor or an acquittal at trial. Clearly, domestic violence cases in Los Angeles will differ from case-to-case depending on the particular details... View Article

How To Change a Domestic Violence Protective Order

One aspect that is unique to domestic violence cases in Los Angeles is the court issuing a criminal protective order against a defendant. If you were charged or convicted of a domestic violence related crime, then you will normally be subjected to a protective order that will prohibit contacting the... View Article

Domestic Violence Penalties in California

Most people who have been accused of a domestic related crime have many questions about potential penalties they will face if convicted. Under California law, there are many types of charges related to domestic violence and subsequent penalties. Most cases are filed as a misdemeanor crimes and there are several that... View Article

Criminal Threats in Domestic Violence Cases in Los Angeles

Getting charged with a domestic violence related crime doesn’t always involve the use of physical force. Under California Penal Code 422, it’s a crime to make criminal threats against a victim and these frequently include a spouse, cohabitant, family member, or co-parent. Penal Code 422 prohibits making willful threats to... View Article

Misdemeanor vs Felony Domestic Violence Charges in Los Angeles

Under California law, domestic violence is generally defined as a physical assault against a current or former spouse, cohabitant, boyfriend, girlfriend, a person who has a child with victim, or another type of relationship described under the domestic violence statute. A domestic violence crime includes a physical assault, like pushing,... View Article

Defenses for Los Angeles Domestic Violence Arrest

Domestic violence is one of the most common crimes in Los Angeles County. In many DV cases, the alleged victim and suspect are involved in a marital or dating relationship living in the same home. Domestic violence incidents often begin with a simple verbal argument over a wide range of... View Article

Corporal Injury to Spouse – California Penal Code 273.5

The domestic violence offense of “corporal injury to spouse” is defined under California Penal Code Section 273.5. It’s described as willfully inflicting a physical injury on a spouse or intimate partner and commonly called “domestic abuse.” It should be noted Penal Code 273.5 corporal injury to spouse is similar to... View Article

Domestic Battery Laws in California – Penal Code 243(e)(1)

Domestic battery is described in California Penal Code Section 243(e)(1), and is often referred to as “spousal battery.” In Los Angeles County criminal courts, domestic battery is one of the most common charges filed in a domestic violence related incident. This crime is generally described as willful and unlawful offensive... View Article

Criminal Threats Law in California – Penal Code 422

Making criminal threats in California are covered under Penal Code Section 422. It’s described as willfully making threats of great bodily injury or death to someone else – with an intent their statements were to be taken as a threat. It doesn’t matter if there was ever an intent to... View Article