According to statistics from the National Domestic Violence Hotline, every year, over 12 million men and women are victims of domestic violence or abuse in the United States. Domestic violence allegations are serious and can cause significant long-lasting ramifications to your quality of life, reputation, liberty, and future opportunities. If convicted, you could be facing hefty fines, jail time, a restraining order, loss of parenting privileges, and deportation.
If you are facing domestic violence allegations or if you are under investigation for domestic abuse, it is important that you retain an aggressive and highly-skilled California criminal defense attorney immediately. McCready Law Group provides comprehensive legal services and strong representation to clients who have been arrested and charged with domestic violence. As an experienced California criminal defense attorney, I can fight aggressively to help protect your rights and ensure that you get a fair hearing.
McCready Law Group is proud to serve clients throughout Long Beach, California, and the surrounding communities of Cypress Hill and Lakewood.
Domestic Violence in California
According to California Penal Code 13700, "domestic violence" is described as “abuse committed against an adult or a 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.”
“Cohabitants” are two adults (unrelated) who have lived together for a considerable amount of time and as such have developed a relationship of some permanency. For example, they are intimate with one another, share living expenses, or co-own/lease their property.
An individual commits "abuse" when he or she:
- Physically hurts or tries to hurt someone intentionally or recklessly
- Makes someone reasonably afraid that they are someone else will be seriously hurt
- Sexual assault
- Exhibits behavior such as stalking, harassing, threatening, hitting, or destroying an intimate partner's personal property.
Furthermore, domestic violence is not always physical. Such domestic abuse may be verbal, psychological, or emotional.