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What is a domestic violence charge?

Domestic violence is abuse or threats when the person being abused and the abuser are or have been in an intimate relationship (married or domestic partners, are dating or used to date, live or lived together, or have a child together). It's also corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant.  In addition, it is when the abused person and the abusive person are closely related by blood or by marriage.

Domestic violence laws say “abuse” is:

  • Physically hurting or trying to hurt someone, intentionally or recklessly;
  • Sexual assault;
  • Making someone reasonably afraid that they or someone else are about to be seriously hurt (like threats or promises to harm someone); OR
  • Behavior like harassing, stalking, threatening, or hitting someone; disturbing someone’s peace; or destroying someone’s personal property.

The physical abuse is not just hitting. Abuse can also be kicking, shoving, pushing, pulling hair, throwing things, scaring or following you, or keeping you from freely coming and going. It can even include physical abuse of the family pets.


Keep in mind that the abuse in domestic violence does not have to be physical. Abuse can be verbal (spoken), emotional, or psychological. You do not have to be physically hit to be abused. Often, abuse takes many forms, and abusers use a combination of tactics to control and have power over the person being abused.


Common Domestic Violence Charges:

Penal Code 243(e)(1) Domestic Battery

Penal Code 270 Child Neglect/Failure to Provide Care

Penal Code 273d Child Abuse

Penal Code 273a Child Endangerment 

Penal Code 273.5 Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Inhabitant 

Penal Code 368 Elder Abuse

Penal Code 422a Criminal Threats

Penal Code 591 Damaging a Telephone Line

Penal Code 601 Aggravated Trespass

Penal Code 647(j)(4) Revenge Porn

Penal Code 646.9 Stalking

Penal Code 653.2 Posting Harmful Information on the Internet


Common Defenses to Abuse with Injuries:

1.  The injuries were an accident

2.  The Defendant did not cause the injuries

3.  The Defendant acted in self-defense or defense of others

4.  The victim made false accusations


Possible Punishments and Consequences of a Domestic Violence Charge:

1. Mandatory Jail Time

2. Mandatory Classes for Domestic Violence 

3. Fines and Restitution

4. Loss of California guns rights

5. Restraining Order which limits your contact and distance to the victim 

6. Criminal Record 

7. Immigration Consequences--Domestic Violence is considered a crime which qualifies for deportation/removal, denial of entry, and/or denial of renewals.  

8. Probation (formal or informal) 


Wais Azami is a domestic violence lawyer in Santa Ana and Seal Beach are perfectly located in Orange County to access all courts in Orange County in order to aggressively defend you against any of the above-mentioned charges of domestic battery (domestic violence, formerly spousal abuse).  

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