L.A. Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Fights to Keep You Out of Jail

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In California, police are encouraged to make an arrest when they are called to a domestic violence dispute, but an arrest is not mandatory. You are likely to be arrested if the alleged victim shows signs of injury or tells the police that he or she fears harm from you. We at the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi have handled many domestic violence cases in Los Angeles. We understand the system and are prepared to work tirelessly to defend you.

The definition of domestic violence in California

For a crime to be considered domestic violence in California, first, it must be perpetrated by any of the following adult or minor individuals:

  • Fiancé or fiancée
  • A current or former spouse
  • A cohabitant
  • Dating partner
  • The parent of your child

 

There also must be an instance of abuse, which is defined as the intentional or reckless cause of bodily injury, sexual assault or a sense of fear or imminent danger.

California domestic violence statistics

Police responded to 174,649 domestic violence calls in 2007, according to the California Department of Justice. Of those calls, 40 percent involved the use of weapons. Other statistics on domestic violence in California include:

  • There were 113 domestic violence fatalities in 2008.
  • These deaths accounted for 5 percent of the homicides in the state for that year.
  • Of the 113 who died from domestic violence, 99 of the victims — 88 percent — were females, while 14 were males — 12 percent.
  • The California Women’s Health Survey found that around 40 percent of women in the state suffer physical violence from an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

Types of domestic violence offenses

Under the California Penal Code, there are different types of domestic violence-related crimes. One of the most common is corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant. You may be charged with this offense if you are accused of physically striking a spouse, intimate partner or cohabitant and if he or she has a visible — even minor — injury.

If you threaten your accuser, the prosecution may charge you with criminal threats as a crime of domestic violence — even if you do not physically touch the accuser. Other types of domestic violence crimes our L.A. firm has experience handling include:

  • Domestic battery
  • Child abuse
  • Child endangerment
  • Elder abuse

Penalties for domestic violence

If you are arrested for domestic violence, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. If the prosecution charges you with a misdemeanor such as domestic battery, you could face a year in county jail, $2,000 in fines and informal probation of three years. If on the other hand, you are charged with felony domestic abuse, you could receive two, three or four years in state prison.

Contact us for a solid domestic violence defense

Being accused of domestic violence turns your world upside down. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, we defend clients in your situation on a regular basis. To speak to an attorney at our firm, call (310) 448-1529 or contact us contact us online. We offer an initial consultation. Our office is located in the Westside Towers in West Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Westwood. We have flexible office hours, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.