Anyone accused of threatening to commit or committing physical harm against their spouse, child, the mother or father of their child, someone they are dating, or a cohabitant of their home, can expect
to face serious charges and heavy penalties in a conviction. Domestic violence crimes are not taken lightly in the state of California. Even in cases where the accuser recants their statement of alleged abuse, it does not mean the charges will be dropped. Only the prosecuting attorney is allowed to make the final determination as to whether or not domestic violence charges will be filed.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the victim of domestic violence to be falsely accused and incorrectly labeled as the offender. For example, if you attempted to defend yourself and inadvertently bruised your attacker, under Penal Code 273.5 a bruise is enough for law enforcement to make an arrest. In the majority of domestic violence cases the male is arrested and charged as the aggressor when in fact, the male may have simply been defending himself against the female aggressor. Therefore, even in cases of self-defense, it is important for you to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side who will be sure to get to the bottom of what brought about the domestic violence incident and see that the entire truth be told.
If you or a loved one is facing domestic violence charges, you owe it to yourself to consult with a skilled criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Brian Andritch right away. Brian Andritch is a former Fresno County prosecutor who is well versed in criminal defense law and has an intimate understanding on how the prosecution attorney will present their case. His experience also gives him a unique ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in the case against you in order to build an aggressive defense on your behalf.
Whether you have been falsely accused of domestic violence or you were simply trying to defend yourself against domestic violence, contact a Fresno criminal defense attorney and discuss your legal options today.