Accusations of domestic violence, including domestic battery and corporal injury to a spouse, are defended daily by Orange County domestic violence lawyers. During the most recent year for which statistics are available, law enforcement agencies in Orange County received nearly 8,000 complaints of domestic violence.
Many domestic abuse accusations are false. Many others are overstated. Yet domestic violence is a hot-button issue. In a “he said, she said” dispute, police and prosecutors will nearly always take the side of the person who claims to be a domestic violence victim.
Individuals accused of domestic violence in Orange County are arrested and prosecuted regardless of innocence. A vigorous defense of domestic abuse charges is the key to avoiding a conviction that could ruin the accused’s life.
The Law Offices of Randy Collins represents individuals who are accused of domestic violence crimes in Orange County and elsewhere in Southern California. Randy Collins works diligently to protect the rights of the accused by fighting for dismissals and “not guilty” verdicts. To learn how an Orange County domestic violence defense attorney can help, call (888) 250-2865 for an appointment at one of our convenient offices.
Two crimes are commonly charged as domestic violence offenses in California. Both involve acts taken against “intimate partners.” An intimate partner is:
The crimes are:
More serious crimes, such as aggravated battery, might be charged when the injuries are particularly serious. Sex crimes can also be charged, even when the accuser is married to the accused.
Another domestic abuse crime that domestic violence attorneys in Orange County commonly defend is the violation of a protective order (§ 273.6, California Penal Code). Someone who is in an intimate relationship with an accused can obtain a protective order that prohibits the accused from doing certain things (such as contacting the person or going to the person’s workplace).
An intentional violation of a protective order is a crime. To obtain a conviction, a prosecutor must prove:
The offense is generally a misdemeanor, although certain repeat offenses can be charged as felonies. If the violation involved an act of violence, a minimum 30-day jail sentence is the presumptive punishment. In some cases, stalking and other more serious crimes may also be charged.
All domestic violence or abuse crimes expose the accused to the risk of jail time. An aggressive defense minimizes that risk. To put a top domestic violence lawyer in Orange County to work defending your case, call The Law Offices of Randy Collins at (888) 250-2865.
The most successful defense to a domestic violence charge is the one that best fits the facts of the case. Examples of winning defenses that Randy Collins employs include:
Selecting the best defense can lead to an acquittal, a dismissal, or a negotiated resolution that avoids conviction. In some cases, it makes sense to pursue a strategy of mitigation that might involve attending counseling or (if the case involved the consumption of alcohol or drugs) a substance abuse treatment program. Those actions may lead to a deferred prosecution that avoids conviction.
Picking the right defense requires experience, knowledge, and an understanding of how prosecutors and jurors think. As a former prosecutor, Randy Collins has the insight to construct defenses that will best serve his clients. To learn about domestic violence defenses that might benefit you, call an Orange County domestic violence attorney at The Law Offices of Randy Collins at (888) 250-2865.
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