Domestic Violence Attorney in Oakland
What is the Definition of Domestic Violence in California?
Domestic violence is defined as abuse against a minor or an adult who is in some form of relation with the defendant, such as a former spouse, cohabitant, or another household member.
Acts that can lead to domestic violence charges include:
- Terrorist threats
- Malicious destruction of property
- Child abuse
- Violating a restraining order
If you have been arrested for domestic violence in Oakland or anywhere in the Bay Area, talk to an attorney at the Law Offices of Torres & Caraves immediately. Some domestic violence offenses, including those involving bodily injuries and violent crimes, may lead to serious penalties.
California Domestic Violence Penalties
The penalties for domestic violence depend on the details of a case, such as the extent of injuries, a defendant's criminal history, and other aggravating circumstances. If the victim is a child or an elder, you could be facing tougher penalties.
- Misdemeanors: Up to a year in jail and/or fines
- Felonies: More than year in prison and/or fines
- In addition, you may also be required to complete a Batterer's program.
Experienced Legal Counsel with the Law Offices of Torres & Caraves
Domestic violence charges can be complex because there is often much more to the story than what the alleged victim or prosecutor is presenting. Our criminal defense lawyers are adept at investigating the facts of a case and uncovering whether ulterior motives are at play, such as whether a victim is using these charges for leverage in a divorce or custody case. We can scrutinize police records, interview witnesses, and other investigative work to help you build a strong defense. There is a lot at stake in these types of cases and we are prepared to fight for you.
What makes our team unique is that we genuinely care about clients' success. We apply our resources and decades of experience to help our clients come through with the best possible outcome while preserving their interests. We regularly communicate with you regarding your case and keep you informed about what to expect. Our criminal defense attorneys strive to provide responsive and accessible counsel at every phase. You'll never feel alone because we will be by your side every step of the way.