Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyer
Experienced Los Angeles domestic violence defense lawyer, R. J. Manuelian has been successful in representing clients arrested or charged with domestic violence in California. Per California Penal Code Section 273.5(a) PC, it is illegal to injure a spouse, cohabitant or fellow parent in an act of domestic violence. This offense is also referred to as domestic abuse, domestic violence, or corporal injury to a spouse. Penalties for violating California domestic violence laws vary depending on the defendant’s previous criminal record and the seriousness of the injuries to a partner. Under California’s Three Strikes law cases of domestic violence which involve extreme injuries can qualify as a “strike” and this conviction can be used to enhance penalties for future offenses.
Domestic Violence Allegation Requires the Assistance of an Experienced Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Domestic violence allegations are serious and can land you in court even if the alleged victim recants a previous statement or insists that charges not be pursued. With special divisions often dedicated to the prosecution of domestic violence claims in many California counties, California is known for its tough stance on domestic violence prosecution. Thus it is important that you speak to a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney that has extensive experience with domestic violence charges.
What Does Prosecution Have to Prove in Domestic Violence Allegation
In domestic violence cases the prosecution must prove the following elements:
- Defendant intentionally and unlawfully inflicted a physical injury on his or her current or former spouse, cohabitant or child’s parent.
- The defendant caused injury which resulted in a traumatic condition.
- Lastly, the defendant did not act in self-defense.
For more information about corporal injury to a spouse charges, and to schedule your free consultation, contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney R.J Manuelian at the Manuelian Law Firm located at 633 W 5th St #5710, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Mr. Manuelian can be reached 24/7 at (213) 401-2777.