At the Law Office of Benjamin R. Greene & Associates, our attorneys have considerable experience representing clients accused of domestic violence in Kern County, California. The label “domestic violence” refers to a wide range of crimes. The California Penal Code defines domestic violence as “the imposition of bodily injury on a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or relative that results in a traumatic injury.”
Whether you will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony depends on how severe the victim’s injuries were and what circumstances led to the incident. A felony conviction for domestic abuse can result in a prison sentence of up to four years. A misdemeanor conviction, while less serious, may still result in significant jail time and fines. The Penal Code also allows prosecutors to charge you with domestic battery if the alleged victim does not have visible injuries, which carries potential jail sentencing, fines, or both.
Our attorneys have experience representing clients facing domestic violence charges and are familiar with the complexities and emotionally delicate nature of these trials. We understand the difficult court battle you will face if accused of domestic violence. Even if you have a valid defense to the charges, you may be unfairly perceived as an abuser. We stand up for our clients’ rights and ensure that they are given a fair opportunity to present a strong defense.
Domestic violence charges are typically the result of a spouse pressing charges with the district attorney. Your spouse may think it is possible to simply change his or her mind and drop the charges against you, but that is a decision only the district attorney can make. While your spouse may later decide against testifying, only the prosecutor can drop the charges against you.
Although you may be unable to have the charges against you dropped, we can help you achieve a favorable resolution. We thoroughly investigate each client’s case, reviewing the initial incident report and interviewing the victim to develop a defense strategy. If the victim has since recanted or changed his or her story, we can use this to strengthen your defense.
If conviction is unavoidable, we can work with the district attorney and judge to secure a lesser sentence. We can also minimize any restitution order, which requires you to pay compensation to the injured victim for medical expenses. Without an experienced criminal defense lawyer representing you, your may face significant consequences beyond the courtroom, including:
- Loss of employment or inability to find new employment
- Loss of professional licensing
- Deportation or denied naturalization (if you are not a U.S. citizen)