Many things can be referred to as “domestic violence.” Small arguments between family members or significant others can escalate and get out of control resulting in injuries or even death. A call to local police may resolve the immediate situation, but it also initiates a mandated course of action which they must then follow.
When police become involved, incarceration of one of the parties may result. Even though the victim may decide they don’t want to press charges, legally they don’t have that choice.
Domestic violence is defined as a “pattern of abusive behavior by one partner in a relationship to gain or maintain power and/or control the other partner.” Domestic abuse, also referred to as spousal abuse, occurs when one partner in a marriage or intimate relationship attempts to control or dominate the other partner. When physical violence is involved, domestic abuse becomes domestic violence.
In domestic violence cases, the abuser frequently uses guilt, shame, fear, threats, physical injury, bullying, and intimidation try to gain control over the victim.
Domestic violence charges against the abuser can include anger management glasses, mandated marriage counseling, stay away orders, alcohol classes, and restraining orders. The accused abuser may also face professional consequences such as loss of their medical or legal license, and loss of their job. If the domestic violence is filed as a felony instead of a misdemeanor, the accused may face time in county jail or state prison.
The Office of the District Attorney has made a major priority of stopping domestic violence and it’s cycle by diligently prosecuting domestic violence crimes.
If you have been accused of domestic violence you need the expert experience of a domestic violence defense attorney such as Sevens Legal, APC. Contact Sevens Legal, APC, today for a free consultation.