Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic violence cases are very serious matters and should not be handled without a skilled attorney on your side.

Domestic Violence Law
  • All domestic violence offenses in California and Nevada have two things the prosecution must prove in order to convict someone.
    • Battery – there must be some sort physical contact that constitutes a battery.
    • Domestic relation – there must be some sort of relationship between the victim and the perpetrator that makes this battery a domestic violence offense.
      • California and Nevada differ on what relationships can qualify to make an offense domestic, but at the very least the following relationships would qualify in either state:
      • Husband / Wife, Father / Mother, Ex-husband or ex-wife, Cohabitants, People in a dating relationship.
Consequences
  • Both California and Nevada can charge domestic violence as either a misdemeanor or felony. Therefore, the possible jail or prison sentences can vary widely.
  • In addition to jail time, people convicted of domestic violence can face other consequences including:
    • Firearms prohibitions
    • No contact or stay away orders (restraining orders)
    • Mandatory domestic violence classes and/or counseling

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