It is very critical when you are accused of domestic violence (also known as “spousal abuse”) that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense law office. California defines domestic violence as abuse, or threats of abuse, where the individuals involved have an intimate relationship. This can include married or domestic partners, those who live or lived together, are dating or used to date, or if the couple has a child together. Ultimately, these laws are in place to help prevent violence between individuals in close relationships.
Abuse can take multiple forms. It can be verbal, emotional, psychological, or physical.
Some other definitions of “abuse” include:
- Harassing, stalking, threatening, physical contact
- Disturbing personal property
- Making someone afraid that they (or someone close to them) will be harmed
- Physically hurting or attempting to hurt someone either intentionally or recklessly
- Sexual Assault
If the abuse is repetitive, securing a domestic violence restraining order against the abuser is encouraged. If your situation does not fit the domestic violence order, there are others you can ask for, such as, civil harassment, adult abuse, workplace violence, etc.