Domestic violence can be filed when two individuals are married or were married, are dating or were dating, or lived together and were involved in a physical altercation. Domestic violence can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
Consequences for a domestic violence conviction can severe and include felony probation, expensive fines, and completion of a 52 week domestic violence program. Therefore it is essential that you contact an experienced domestic violence attorney immediately to begin preparing a proper defense and gather evidence that may be essential to your defense.
California has cracked down on domestic violence over the last few decades resulting in almost double the number of arrests from the 1980’s . If the police receive a report of domestic violence, it is likely that one, if not both persons will be arrested. In general, men are more likely to be arrested than women, but recent studies show a reduction in the percentage of men arrested and an increase in the percentage of women arrested.
California legislation has mandated that prosecutors are responsible for deciding if criminal charges will be filed, not the alleged victim. In addition, prosecutors can continue to prosecute a case even if the alleged victim requests that the charges be dropped and/or refuses to cooperate with the prosecutor.
Why Hire the Mortlock Law Group?
It is important to retain a San Diego domestic violence attorney to combat the police assumptions and biases the arresting office may have. In addition, a San Diego domestic violence lawyer can raise defenses, such as self defense and defense of others.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, please contact the North County San Diego domestic violence attorneys of Mortlock Law Group for a free consultation.