According to California law, domestic violence means abuse committed against an adult or a fully emancipated minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship. California Penal Code 13700(b)
Domestic violence affects people of all races, ages and genders. While statistics show that most victims are female, men can be and often are victims of domestic violence.
Courts take domestic violence allegations extremely seriously. The charges can be filed as a felony or misdemeanor against any type of domestic partner, meaning someone with whom you share your home. This includes relatives, step-parents, children, boyfriends, girlfriends, same-sex partners and spouses. Throughout the state, District Attorneys and City Attorneys have set up special units in their offices that aggressively focus on the large volume of domestic violence cases that are filed each year. The reason for this is clear: deaths attributable to domestic violence-related arguments are on the rise, with females being the usual victims. Indeed, statistics show the following:
1. A large percentage of female homicide victims are spouses of the offenders;
2. A large number of homicides where the victim is 40 years of age or older occur between relatives;
3. One-quarter of all homicides (and one-half of all cases where a female is the victim) occur in the victim’s home;
4. The greatest percentage of homicide victims between ages 30 – 39 and 40 and over are killed as a result of argument-related conflicts.
(See Homicide in California 2008, California Department of Justice, Division of California Justice Information Services, Bureau of Criminal Information and Analysis Criminal Justice Statistics Center.)
At Gardner + Associates, we understand that relationships are complex and can be difficult. People often argue, and arguments often escalate. Our understanding of human dynamics can only help you if you are charged with a domestic violence crime. We have experience in representing men and women alike who are charged with this type of crime. We also help people in obtaining Restraining Orders where they fear that one is necessary in order to help them deal with an explosive and often dangerous domestic situation.
If you are charged with domestic violence, do not speak directly to the police or detectives. Nothing you can say will help you and can and will only be used against you. You should immediately contact a Los Angeles domestic violence criminal defense attorney who will immediately assist you and who will aggressively defend you and preserve your rights. At Gardner + Associates, we are dedicated to aggressively defending the rights of our clients, to exposing exaggerated accusations and to fighting cases that have been over-charged. We will help you navigate through this difficult, emotionally charged process, and do everything legally possible to obtain a dismissal or acquittal.