Domestic Violence cases are often the most stressful and important cases our clients face. What happens in these cases impacts family law issues such as child custody and visitation. An arrest for Domestic Violence can trigger a CPS (CFS) investigation. In addition to a criminal case, court proceedings can be initiated in Family or Juvenile Court that can prevent you from living at your home or having any contact with your wife or kids.
A conviction can result in jail time, 52-week Domestic Violence classes, fines, community service, and so on. Prosecutors almost always continue to prosecute these cases regardless if the alleged victim doesn’t want the case to be prosecuted and even if they change their story and say that they lied to police the night of the arrest.
There are many defenses available in Domestic Violence cases. In MOST cases the alleged victim does not desire prosecution and this makes the job more difficult for the prosecutor. This is especially true since the only two witnesses in most of these cases is the Defendant and the alleged victim.
With an exclusive focus on Criminal and Family Law, Lapine & Forsse is ideally suited to defend these types of matters.
Common Charges in Domestic Violence Cases:
- Corporal Injury to a Spouse (Penal Code 273.5)
- Battery on Spouse (Penal Code 243)
- Assault With a Deadly Weapon (Penal Code 245)
- Criminal Threats (Penal Code 422)
- Child Abuse (Penal Code 273)
- Child Endangerment (Penal Code 272)
- False Imprisonment (Penal Code 236)
- Disturbing the Peace (Penal Coe 415)
- Stalking (Penal Code 646.9)
- Kidnapping (Penal Code 207)
- Violation of Restraining Order (Penal Code 273.6)