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.



We hit the ground running because the earlier you the evidence is challenged, the more likely your case will be dismissed.

Many times, in the heat of the moment, a loved one will call the police on their partner in order to diffuse the tension, get someone in between them, or because they are extremely upset and angry. Later, when tensions cool down, the “victim” who “pressed charges” will tell the police they don’t want to press charges or they want to drop the charges.

Unfortunately, the police consider this a “recanting victim” and believe such a victim is simply making up a new story to protect the defendant because she or he has had a change of heart, or is being influenced by her loved one. Under these circumstances, even though no one wants the prosecution, and children may be involved, the prosecutor most often will still proceed forward with the case.

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