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Domestic Violence Lawyer in Fresno

Definition of Domestic Violence

In basic terms, domestic violence occurs when an individual causes physical, mental or emotional harm to another member of their household, either intentionally or through neglect. California Penal Code § 13700(b) defines this violent crime as "abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse... cohabitant... or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship."

Types of Domestic Violence & Their Penalties

Following is a basic list of domestic violence crimes and their penalties according to the California Penal Code:

Spousal Abuse: Battery against a spouse is punishable under Pen. Code § 243(e) by up to one year in jail, a maximum fine of $2,000, or both.

Marital Rape: Rape of a spouse is punishable under Pen. Code § 264 by a prison sentence of three, six, or eight years, and a $70 fine.

Child Abuse: Neglect of a child is a misdemeanor punishable under Pen. Code § 270 by a $2,000 fine, up to one year in jail, or both. Child abuse is punishable under Pen. Code § 273a. by up to one year in jail, or a prison sentence of two, four or six years.

Elder Abuse: Neglect or abuse of an elderly person is punishable under Pen. Code § 368 by up to one year in jail; a maximum fine of $6,000; or both, or a prison sentence of two, three, or four years. Aggravated offenses cause the sentence to vary.

Get Help from a Fresno Domestic Violence Attorney

If you have been accused of domestic violence, an investigation must first be made by the authorities. Before, during and after this investigation, it is vital that you have a defense lawyer on your side to counsel you and ensure that your case is treated fairly. Sawl Law Group has more than 20 years of criminal defense experience and could obtain the best possible results for your case. Call today for a free initial consultation!

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