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Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers/Attorneys Sacramento, CA
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, contact Sacramento domestic violence defense attorney at the Law Office of Wing & Parisi today. Typically, men are the aggressors and women the victims. According to the California Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Statistics Center 3, there were 113 domestic violence fatalities in 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available). These accounted for 5 percent of all homicides in the State. Further, of the 113 domestic violence homicides in 2008, 99 of the victims were females, 88 percent, and 14 were males, 12 percent. It is important to note that physical abuse is not limited to hitting a domestic partner. Abuse can be kicking, shoving, pushing, pulling hair, throwing things, scarring or following you, or keeping you from freely coming and going.
California PENAL CODE SECTION 13700
(a) states, “Abuse” means intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or herself, or another.
(b) “Domestic violence” means abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement
In California, prosecutors on average convict 70 percent of domestic violence cases brought by police. The vast majority of domestic violence defendants are prosecuted for misdemeanor assaults. However, it is possible for the defendant to be prosecuted for felony assault. In general, if convicted of a misdemeanor, the defendant may be required to complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, community service, pay fines, and may even serve some jail time. If charged with a felony the same penalties apply with the exception of increased jail or prison sentence. The defendant may be required to serve anywhere from three months in jail to three years in prison. The penalties for domestic violence are determined case-by-case.
We recommend that you do not speak with anyone regarding your case until you speak to an experienced attorney. Discussing the case with anyone else, may lead you to divulge information that may be taken out of context resulting in a stronger case against you.
Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony offense, the skilled criminal attorney Sacramento with more than 76 years of combined legal experience at the Law Office of Wing & Parisi can can make the difference between your freedom or jail. We possess the skill and knowledge to prepare a thorough defense against your specific charge. Call our office today for a free consultation. We will help you clearly understand your options, and answers any question you have regarding your case.