Bakersfield Domestic Violence Attorney
Information on Domestic Violence Charges
- Domestic violence is any form of violence that is perpetrated against members of your household.
- Domestic violence is typified as violence between a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, or any two people living together in a romantic relationship.
- Violence against children, siblings, or elderly individuals living with the alleged abuser can also be considered domestic violence.
- Domestic violence is a serious crime that will damage your reputation if you are convicted.
What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in California?
In most cases, domestic violence is an enhancement charge that is added to another criminal charge, such as battery. A domestic violence enhancement can extend the jail sentence that you may be facing if convicted, as well as increase the length of probation, and the monetary fines you will be forced to pay. A domestic violence conviction can result in up to 6 years or more of jail time, and monetary fines as high as $6,000. Additionally, if you are convicted of domestic violence, you may lose your right to see your children and other personal repercussions.
Domestic Violence Attorney in Bakersfield
Although California does not have a mandatory arrest law, if a police officer is called to the scene of a domestic dispute, they will likely make an arrest. Once an arrest has been made, it is no longer the decision of the alleged victim to decide whether or not to press charges. The court prosecutor can press charges whether the alleged victim wants to or not. At Humphrey & Thompson, we are dedicated to defending our clients who are facing criminal charges whether they are violent crimes, drug crimes, or white collar crimes. Our criminal lawyer in Bakersfield knows that you are concerned about your future and your freedom. The need for quality defense counsel is the most important factor in whether you are acquitted or found guilty of the offense. We know how to operate in the criminal justice system and advise you to contact us without delay.