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Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges in California

When facing domestic violence charges in California, you need a seasoned legal team to protect your rights and ensure a fair defense. At Hennessy Law Group, we are dedicated to providing experienced legal representation for individuals dealing with these allegations. Our Bakersfield domestic violence attorney will guide you through the legal process, offering support and advocating for your best interests every step of the way.

Call Hennessy Law Group today at  (661) 237-7179 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our domestic violence lawyer in Bakersfield.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a serious offense encompassing various abusive behaviors within familial or intimate relationships. It involves using physical, emotional, psychological, or financial power to control or harm another person. Acts of domestic violence can include but are not limited to:
  • Physical abuse: Inflicting bodily harm, such as hitting, slapping, or pushing.
  • Emotional abuse: Manipulating or coercing through threats, humiliation, or isolation.
  • Psychological abuse: Causing emotional distress through intimidation or fear.
  • Sexual abuse: Forcing unwanted sexual acts upon another person.
  • Financial abuse: Controlling or withholding financial resources from a partner.

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in California?

Domestic violence charges in California are classified into different categories depending on the severity of the offense and the presence of aggravating factors. The penalties for domestic violence convictions may include:
  • Misdemeanor Domestic Violence: A first-time misdemeanor offense can result in penalties such as probation, counseling, fines, and a restraining order. Subsequent offenses may lead to more significant penalties.
  • Felony Domestic Violence: If the offense involves serious bodily injury, a deadly weapon, or prior convictions, it may be charged as a felony. Felony convictions can lead to imprisonment, substantial fines, and the loss of certain rights, such as firearm ownership.
  • Restraining Orders: A domestic violence conviction often results in a restraining order, prohibiting contact with the victim and affecting child custody and visitation rights.
  • Criminal Record: A domestic violence conviction could end up on your criminal record, possibly impacting your future employment opportunities, housing, and personal relationships.

Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges

Common defenses against domestic violence charges can include the following:
  • False Accusations: Demonstrating that the allegations are untrue and based on false statements or motivations.
  • Self-Defense: Proving that you acted in self-defense or defense of others when physical force was used.
  • Lack of Evidence: Challenging the prosecution’s evidence and demonstrating insufficient proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Mistaken Identity: Establishing that you were not the perpetrator of the alleged abuse.
  • Consent: This shows that both parties engaged in consensual activities misconstrued as abuse.
  • Inadequate Investigation: Pointing out errors or misconduct in the investigation process.

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At Hennessy Law Group, we are here to provide you with the dedicated legal representation you need during this challenging time. Don’t face domestic violence allegations alone. Contact Hennessy Law Group today to schedule a consultation with our Bakersfield domestic violence attorney. We are here to fight for you and provide the strong legal defense you deserve.

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