Arrested on Domestic Abuse Charges?
Domestic abuse is defined by California as when a person inflicts injury on a former or current spouse, cohabitant, or a mother or father of one’s child deliberately. The injury can be something minor, like a: scratch, redness, swelling or bruising; or something more serious, like a: broken nose, concussion, or fractured bones; however, the injury must be visible as stated in the Penal Code. Domestic abuse cases can be prosecuted as a felony, or as a misdemeanor, depending on the defendant’s criminal record and the details of the case.
Important to note: Acts of violence against intimate partners or family members are taken very seriously in California, and even if the alleged victim drops the charges, the district attorney will usually pick up the charges without the victim’s consent.