Posted on: April 10, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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California Penal Code 243(e)(1) and 273.5

crime of domestic violenceIf you throw something at your girlfriend or boyfriend, a partner you cohabit with, or at your spouse in the course of a heated argument, you’re breaking the law in California. It doesn’t matter if you throw something like a spoon or something more dangerous. It’s domestic violence, and if you’re charged with any crime of domestic violence in Orange County, you’ll need the legal help of an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

For the police to make a domestic violence arrest in California, probable cause is all that’s needed. A spot where your coffee mug impacted with a wall, for example, is probable cause. When you throw something in anger and there are no damages or injuries, you’ll likely be charged with simple assault, but if a prosecutor believes that you threw an object and intended it as a weapon, you could be charged with domestic battery under California Penal Code 243(e)(1). If your partner is injured, you could be charged with willful infliction of corporal injury under California Penal Code 273.5. Willful infliction of corporal injury can be charged as a misdemeanor, but if the injury is severe or if you have prior criminal convictions, it can be charged as a felony

Any conviction for a crime of domestic violence can negatively affect your employment opportunities, your child custody agreement, and more. Your partner could have a restraining order issued, and you could conceivably end up looking for a new residence. If you face any domestic violence charge in Orange County, speak at once with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney immediately. Don’t ruin your relationship and land yourself in legal hot water. If fighting with your partner results in being arrested, call a California criminal defense attorney in Orange County at once, and let your lawyer do some fighting – for justice.

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