Orange County, Santa Ana Domestic Violence Attorney

Law Firm in Santa Ana providing aggressive defense for individuals charged with domestic violence throughout Orange County, CA.

California law states that it is illegal to use physical force or threaten to cause bodily harm to a spouse, ex-spouse, other intimate partner, or family member.  This criminal offense results from using force of violence, causing visible injury to the alleged victim.

Domestic violence charges can depend on the facts of the case, which include the extent of the injuries of the victim, and the offender's previous criminal history.  Even first time offenders are often sentenced to a minimum of thirty-days in a county jail, and are also required to complete a batterer's program.  We highly recommend you contact our Santa Ana, CA domestic violence law firm working on your case from the start to help you avoid a conviction.  

Are you being charged with or investigated for domestic violence crimes in the Orange County area?  If so, we advocate you get in touch with our accomplished criminal defense attorney Mr. McDonald.  McDonald has practiced law since 1990 and is a former Orange County prosecutor with experience and knowledge to help represent you in your defense case.  When you employ his legal services, he will avidly work to ensure that your rights are protected, that you are fairly treated, and that all available resources are used to achieve the best possible outcome.   

Penalties for Domestic Violence in California

The judge will most likely be more concerned with ensuring the safety of the alleged victim in your case.  The judge may order a temporary or permanent no-contact order, depending on the relationship of the parties involved.  If the victim in your case is the parent of your children, this can cause difficulty, concluding with custody and visitation terms being defined.  Individuals convicted with domestic violence crimes may also run into problems with obtaining or maintaining placement of their children.  This situation may also result in the loss of visitation rights if the individual is convicted.

The above mentioned are examples of civil penalties.  In addition to these, you could also face a longer incarceration period due to present aggravating factors.  This may result in not being able to see your family for weeks or months.  You may also be unable to maintain your job, which will prohibit you from continuing to live your life as before.  Defendants in domestic violence cases are not allowed to own or possess firearms and many are forced to go through anger management courses and counseling as a requirement of their sentence.    

 Marcy's Law: 

 Victims of domestic violence may refuse to testify against their alleged batterer, but can't be jailed for contempt of court for doing so.  If someone refuses to testify without a legal privilege allowing them to remain silent, the judge can order them to answer the question, or be found in contempt.  If the person still refuses to testify, the judge can also order that person to jail unless they change their mind and decide to testify.  Marcy's Law made an exception to this rule for victims of domestic violence.  With this law, the victim of domestic violence can refuse to testify against the suspect, and the judge can only order the person to take a class for domestic violence victims.  Usually, of the victim refuses to testify against the defendant, the case has to be dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Contact our Domestic Violence Attorney at out law firm if you are facing domestic violence charges in Santa Ana, CA, or greater Orange County area.  

The Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald serves clients in Santa Ana, Irvine and throughout Orange County, California.

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