PC §273.5 – Domestic Violence in the Coachella Valley
California Penal Code §273.5 is the section that codifies the crime most commonly referred to as Domestic Violence. The code includes spousal abuse, domestic abuse, corporal injury, and battery.
Prosecutors most commonly file charges alleging a violation of PC §273.5 when the alleged abuse involves a spouse or romantic cohabitant regardless of gender.
To support the allegations, they will look to the evidence for any use of unlawful and intentional physical force resulting in an injury (no matter how slight) or some other type of actual harm. Abuse may also include intentional emotional or psychological harm.
California law and those who prosecute it take abuse very seriously, which is why supported allegations can lead to tremendously punitive repercussions.
If you or someone you care about have been charged or even just accused of abuse, or if you are currently under law enforcement investigation, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel immediately.
Hiring an attorney to represent you will help make sure your rights are protected. A well-informed attorney will know when and how to ask the tough questions necessary to protect you. Your lawyer will also give you the best advice on how to navigate the treacherous legal system. You owe it to yourself to seek out and retain a defense attorney who is highly skilled in this area of the law.
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Domestic abuse includes threats or violent acts against a spouse, a child. A former spouse, and even a roommate.
These are just some of the charges that could be included in a domestic abuse allegation:
- Physical assault and battery
- Child abuse
- Spousal abuse
- Financial abuse
- Verbal abuse
Domestic violence cases can quickly become complex and confusing. Attorneys who handle DV cases must have a full knowledge of the facts and the law.
Did You Know?
A victim dropping the charges only happens on TV.
In a DV case, the judge and prosecuting attorney are the only people who can dismiss a case – or drop charges. Prosecutors know that it is common for alleged victims to change their story and ask that charges be dropped. Prosecutors almost never drop charges when that happens.
Hiring a DV defense attorney can make resolving your case much easier and less stressful. Your DV defense attorney will be able to:
- Explain your options in a way that makes sense
- Explain winnable strategies for defense
- Represent your interests (and your future) in court
- Fight for your rights
- Protect your reputation from damage
Domestic Violence Attorneys
We are here to help you through a very difficult and confusing time. Our team has the experience, the knowledge, and the willingness to protect your rights in court.
If you or someone you care about have been charged with a DV offense in the Coachella Valley, let us help you by developing an aggressive defense strategy to prove your innocence.
If you live in Indian Wells, Cathedral City, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indio and all other Coachella Valley communities feel free to call us. We will answer any questions you may have and put your mind at ease.
Call me today at (760) 610-6109 so we can discuss your case in detail. Consultations are always free.