Defending The Accused Against Criminal Domestic Battery Charges
If you have been accused of spousal abuse or any other type of criminal domestic violence in California, you may be facing serious consequences, including imprisonment, a lifetime criminal record, deportation if you are not a U.S. citizen and a lifetime ban on firearm possession.
At the Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson, we are committed to protecting clients’ rights. Experienced Sacramento domestic violence defense attorney Thomas A. Johnson can make sure your side of the story is told and defend you against California’s harsh penalties for domestic abuse.
Understanding How Domestic Violence Is Prosecuted In California
Under California criminal law, domestic violence is defined as violence occurring within relationships between spouses, cohabitating partners, people who are dating, people who have children in common and people who have formerly been in these relationships.
Under California Penal Code sections 243(e) and 273.5, domestic battery and domestic violence resulting in traumatic injury are punishable by substantial imprisonment and fines.
Other charges — including stalking, harassment, terroristic threats and child abuse — are also often brought in alleged domestic violence incidents. It is up to the prosecutors — not alleged victims — to decide which charges, if any, will be brought in these cases.
As a former supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office, attorney Thomas A. Johnson understands how the prosecution approaches criminal domestic violence cases.
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If you have been arrested for or charged with domestic assault or battery, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. To schedule a consultation to discuss your case with Mr. Johnson, please contact our office at 916-248-8598 or by email.