Domestic Violence Attorney located in Newport Beach
& Serving Clients throughout Orange County
In California, domestic violence is defined as threatening to commit or committing acts of force, violence, or intimidation against someone with whom the alleged offender has a familial or intimate relationship.
Domestic violence offenses are taken very seriously by law enforcement and prosecutors who will often seek the maximum allowable penalties. It is incredibly important that you contact an experienced attorney if you are facing charges. Call the Newport Beach domestic violence attorney at the Law Office of John F. Christl for a free consultation.
We serve clients in Orange County and throughout Southern California. Call us at (949) 245-6708 or contact us online today.
What Is the Legal Definition of a Familial or Intimate Relationship?
In order for assault and/or battery charges, as well as other offense, to fall under the umbrella of domestic violence, they must be allegedly committed against someone with whom you have a “familial” or “intimate” relationship.
These individuals include:
- Your spouse
- Your ex-spouse
- The other parent of your child
- Someone you are dating
- Someone you have dated
- A person with whom you have or had a romantic or sexual relationship
- A cohabitant or former cohabitant in your home, such as a parent, in-law, or roommate
Depending on the exact nature of the alleged crime, including the extent of harm the other individual claims to have suffered, you could be facing harsh penalties if you are convicted. The penalties for domestic violence in California include up to one year in county jail or two to four years in state prison, fines ranging from $2,000 to $6,000, restraining orders (also known as protective orders), mandatory participation in a counseling program, and probation.
Let Our Firm Aggressively Fight for Your Rights
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to inflict lasting bodily harm on another person in order to be convicted of domestic violence; simply shoving someone during an argument or making a threat can result in a conviction that could permanently alter your life.
The Law Office of John F. Christl can help you work to defend your rights and your future. Our Newport Beach domestic violence lawyer has more than 25 years of criminal defense experience and a long history of proven results in the courtroom.
Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation: (949) 245-6708.