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Domestic Violence

The Three Main Types of Restraining Orders in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Domestic Violence on July 15, 2019

Each year, domestic violence affects thousands of families in California. These incidents range from acts of jealousy and possessiveness to acts of extreme violence. California law rightly presumes that these alleged victims sometimes need immediate protection. However, when the alleged victim makes a report or makes a request for a protective order, authorities only hear…

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Can Domestic Violence Charges Be Dropped?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Domestic Violence,Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 24, 2019

Domestic violence is a crime with many common misconceptions. One is that the victim can choose to drop the charges against the alleged attacker after calling the police. This is not the case. Once someone contacts law enforcement about domestic violence, it becomes the city’s decision to prosecute, regardless of the wishes of the victim….

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Domestic Violence Laws in California

Posted in Domestic Violence,Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 5, 2018

The laws surrounding domestic violence in California are complex and can be difficult to follow. It is essential to understand how these laws work, so you can protect your rights. California’s domestic violence statutes seek to prevent violence within families. Domestic violence occurs when one party commits a crime within a set of relationships defined…

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Why Do Domestic Violence Victims Stay Silent?

Posted in Domestic Violence on March 30, 2018

One in four women, or 24.3%, and one in seven men, or 13.8%, in the United States have been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner. Physical violence is a common form of domestic violence, but it is certainly not the only form of it. Almost half of all American women and men…

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What Is A Violation Of A Restraining Order Or Protective Order In Riverside?

Posted in Domestic Violence on May 1, 2014

Violation of a restraining order is the common charge filed against someone accused of violating a domestic violence protective order. To prove that a defendant is guilty of a violation of a restraining order, the prosecutor must prove five things: A court lawfully issued a written order that the defendant refrain from some type of…

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