A San Diego domestic violence lawyer can save you
Domestic Violence is classified under Penal Code sections 13700 through 13702 and is defined as “abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship.” If you are involved with any of these situations and need our help then contact our San Diego domestic violence lawyer right away!
The abuse involved can be physical, emotional, psychological or even economic, and need not actually be violent.
Charges of Domestic Violence often arise from false allegations from angered or jealous spouses and partners, even when no abuse of any kind has actually occurred. Domestic Violence convictions can carry severe penalties including prison time and loss of child custody and can have a drastic impact on your life for years. This is especially true for repeat offenses.
In addition to Domestic Violence, similar offenses such as Spousal Abuse and Domestic Battery are codified under separate sections of the Penal Code, but often arise out of the same events and occurrences giving rise to domestic violence charges. Such events often involve the presence of drugs and alcohol, which can fuel unreasonable reactions to otherwise minor disagreements. Your defense, is with San Diego domestic violence defense lawyer Ashby C. Sorensen. Call Today!
Spousal Abuse is classified under Penal Code section 273.5 and is defined as the infliction of bodily injury resulting in a traumatic condition against a current or former spouse, cohabitant or fiancé(e). Spousal Abuse is a felony and can result in a prison sentence of up to four years. Repeat offense committed within seven years can result in even greater penalties.
Domestic Battery is classified under Penal Code sections 243(e) and is generally defined as battery against a cohabitant, spouse, or ex-spouse. Battery committed against spouses and children carry harsher penalties than other battery charges and are often more difficult to defend against because judges and juries are more sympathetic toward spouses and children and violence against them is viewed as more egregious. While such sympathy is understandable, it creates severe complication in attacking the victims’ false claims.
Presenting a winning defense against domestic battery and spousal abuse charges requires a delicate balance of presenting persuasive evidence while avoiding direct attacks on a sympathetic victim witness. Even overwhelming defense evidence can be ignored by juries who feel that the defense is beating up on the victim. As an experienced domestic violence attorney, Ashby Sorensen knows how to strike this perfect balance and achieve positive results for clients in these situations.
Many defendants make the mistake of believing that because their partner’s claims of domestic violence are completely false they don’t need legal representation. However, one of the key components of presenting a winning domestic violence defense is establishing the falsity of the claims through careful investigation of the facts of the case and proper presentation of the evidence. A skilled domestic violence attorney will investigate all possible motives for falsifying a claim, seek out evidence that the victim is not credible, and obtain statements from friends and family regarding the non-abusive nature of the defendant.
If you are facing Domestic Violence or similar charges, do not go it alone. Contact our San Diego office today to discuss your case and begin building a winning defense to protect your rights, freedom and quality of life.