In California, assault and battery of a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or the parent of your child is considered domestic violence. This type of offense can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on factors such as the extent of the violence, the type of injury, and the presence of children.
According to California law, children do not necessarily have to be the direct recipients of violence. Instead, they only have to be present during the fight between the parents for child endangerment charges to be justified. Child endangerment is defined as the abuse a child suffers when witnessing domestic violence. Child endangerment is a serious crime and charged under the California domestic violence laws.
Understanding the Penalties
If you have been arrested for domestic violence or child endangerment in Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Wildomar, Perris, Banning, Hemet, Corona, or Riverside, you need to hire an experienced Temecula domestic violence lawyer immediately. Your freedom and reputation are on the line. Even if your spouse decides not to press charges against you, the State of California will.
If you are convicted, you may be sentenced to:
- Jail time or prison
- 52 weeks of anger management counseling
- An appearance on your criminal record
In addition to the above, you may also lose the custody and visitation rights to your children, have a restraining order be placed against you, and suffer from the stigma that comes from a criminal conviction. This can affect your employment and puts an additional burden on your finances and emotional wellbeing. Our lawyer understands that many of these cases come down to "he said/she said" arguments, which is why we will get to know you and your unique circumstance in order to build a strong case against the evidence against you.
Act Quickly - Get the Defense You Need
At the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis, we have aggressively represented individuals charged with domestic violence, spousal battery, and child endangerment charges since 1999.
Our office provides a free and confidential consultation directly with Nicolai Cocis. During the consultation, you are able to discuss the details surrounding your arrest. You will also learn how we can help you and what to expect throughout the criminal process.
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