Domestic violence is one of those common phrases that few people really understand from a legal perspective. If you have been accused of or arrested for this crime, please call a Vista domestic violence attorney Peter M. Liss as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation. In the meanwhile, these common questions about domestic violence charges could clear some things up for you.
What Is Domestic Violence?
When two people are, or were, involved in a romantic or sexual relationship and one person physically harms the other, domestic violence has occurred.
If I Am Not Married to Someone, Can They Still Accuse Me of Domestic Violence?
Yes, while this offense is most commonly associated with married couples, lovers, exes, people who have had a child together and more can be accused of domestic violence. In some cases, these charges may also be applied when someone abuses a cohabiting elder or family member.
Does Domestic Violence Only Occur When a Man Hits a Woman?
No, domestic violence can occur between two women, two men or when a woman hits a man. If the two people have an intimate relationship together, these charges can be applied.
I Was Arrested For Domestic Violence, But The Victim Doesn’t Want to Press Charges. Will I Be Released?
No. Unfortunately, the prosecutors will still often press charges in these cases even if the victim does not want the case to move forward. That is why you should always speak with you Vista domestic violence lawyer as soon as you have been arrested for this crime -even if you know your partner won’t press charges.
If There Were No Physical Marks on the Victim, Can I Still Be Charged With Domestic Violence?
Yes. These charges can be brought up for pushing, hair pulling and even emotional abuse combined with threats of physical violence. Actions that leave the victim severely injured can result in more serious charges though.
Can You Actually Fight Domestic Violence Charges?
Yes, you can fight and win. When you work with Vista domestic violence attorney Peter M. Liss, he can help you develop the strongest possible defense, whether it involves arguing that you were acting in self-defense, that the prosecution does not have enough evidence, that you have been wrongly accused and more. It is important to contact a criminal lawyer right away. Often an experienced lawyer can present evidence to the prosecutor and get the charges reduced or even dropped.
If you have been accused of this serious crime, please call (760) 643-4050 OR (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free consultation with Vista domestic violence defense lawyer Peter Liss.
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