Domestic violence is a serious accusation. It can have drastic social and legal ramifications. It is also an area of law where hearsay is taken very seriously. Spousal battery, a form of domestic violence, is a "willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon an intimate partner", according to California Penal Code 243(e)(1). Even if there are no injuries resulting from the incident, you can still be charged with spousal battery, a misdemeanor offense under California state law. Because spousal battery does not require the victim sustain an obvious injury, claims and allegations hold significant weight, making skilled criminal defense crucial to your success in court. The California legal system takes spousal abuse very seriously, regardless of injuries sustained or contributing factors. Aside from the fees and fines associated with a misdemeanor charge and jail time, offenders also suffer from social sanctions from friends and family as well as society at large. Furthermore, crimes of violence against another person can prevent you from working among vulnerable groups such as children or disadvantaged women. Knowing California domestic violence laws and preparing well for you case is your best bet for favorable outcomes. If you have been accused of spousal battery in the Visalia area and need assistance in understanding the law and defending your case, Martens Law Firm can provide knowledgeable guidance during this difficult time of your life and help articulate your side of the story to the courts.
Need help facing allegations of spousal battery? Contact attorney Christopher Martens and his legal team. Experienced in domestic violence law, our team will fight aggressively to ensure the best possible outcome for your case so your dignity and reputation are kept as intact as possible. Call our Visalia office at 559-967-7386 or email us at [email protected] to discuss strategic options for your case.