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What is domestic violence in California?

Being accused of a violent crime in California is never a good thing. The potential consequences of conviction for a crime of violence are serious and can alter the trajectory of one's life forever. However, being charged with a domestic violence crime can create other problems as well. Because of the nature of these offenses, both the judicial system and society are more likely to take a dim view of an alleged perpetrator due to the perception that the people involved are especially vulnerable.

Why you should obtain a criminal defense attorney upon an arrest

Let's face it. Being arrested for a criminal charge is the last thing that anyone wants to experience in the U.S. Not only does such an arrest jeopardize your freedom but also puts your reputation into questions. In most cases, offenders are rarely perceived in the same way in the public eye before the arrest. Depending on the seriousness of the felony, a criminal conviction can either be compared to the proverbial nail on your coffin or a get-out-of-jail-free card. Of course, all this depends on the situation is approached and solved with precision.

What are common forms of assault and battery defenses?

The defenses available to the defendant in the case of an assault and battery case are heavily dependent on the circumstances of the case. Keeping in mind the circumstances of a general assault and battery charge these are the forms of defenses available:

Elements of a battery charge

The difference between assault and battery can be confusing, so let's take a look at some of the finer details of these two charges. Any unlawful physical contact can be considered battery. The contact has to be threatening for the victim. The use of force against another person without their consent may also be regarded as battery. However, intent is a very important part of battery charges. The prosecution must establish intent in order to get a guilty verdict in battery cases. However, you may also face battery charges even if you had no ill intentions.

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