According to a recent government survey as many as one in four women have reported experiencing some form of domestic violence in a relationship. In an attempt to prevent instances of domestic violence, California police agencies have instituted a mandatory arrest policy for any reported domestic violence cases.
Domestic Violence in Santa Clara County
Domestic violence can range from a minor altercation such as an argument with verbal threats, a push or shove to an all-out full-fledged violent confrontation resulting in serious injury. Although most altercations are considered minor, the consequences can be quite severe once charges are brought.
All domestic violence, assault and battery cases are taken very seriously in the court system. There are a variety of programs and resources available to protect victims, such as restraining orders and orders of protection. Law Office of Gregory M. Alonzo can help you understand your rights and the legal options available to you.
Assault and Battery Charges
Assault and battery are often considered the same thing, however they are two distinct criminal offenses. Assault is considered an unlawful attempt to cause physical injury on another person. In other words, assault is an attempt to commit a battery, but not actually committing the battery. Behaving in a physically threatening manner, such as raising your fists or screaming threats, can be considered assault.
Battery is the actual force or violence used against another person, thus a person can be charged with assault and battery if physical violence was actually perpetrated on another person. Use of a deadly weapon in an assault or showing intent to commit a felony can result in an aggravated assault or assault with a deadly weapon charge with more severe penalties.
In many cases a plea can be negotiated to reduce the charges and minimize or even prevent jail; in some cases counseling or community service may be required. Consulting an experienced attorney before speaking with the authorities can ensure your rights are protected and all options are considered in your defense.
For a free, confidential initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, contact the Law Office of Gregory M. Alonzo.