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Domestic Violence FAQ’S

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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How Common is Domestic Abuse?

Posted in Domestic Violence FAQ'S on September 19, 2016

Domestic violence remains a problem both in the United States as well as globally. It affects both women and men: about 85% of domestic violence victims are women and 15% are men. Domestic violence comes in several forms. Here are the most common. Physical Abuse Physical domestic abuse is any action that physically harms the…

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FAQs About Domestic Violence

Posted in Domestic Violence FAQ'S on September 12, 2016

Being accused of a crime is a daunting prospect. Knowing the facts about how the criminal charge process works can help bring you some peace of mind. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about criminal charges and domestic violence. I’ve been arrested for domestic violence. What comes next? After an arrest, police are…

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What You Should Know About Police Officers and Domestic Abuse

Posted in Domestic Violence FAQ'S on August 15, 2016

With the recent press surrounding instances of law enforcement abuse of power, one distinct problem in the policing community remains—and many are reluctant to discuss it. Police officers are supposed to protect and serve, but some of them engage in the same criminal behaviors they purportedly fight against. What We Know About Officer Involved Domestic Abuse Unsurprisingly, few…

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What Is The Punishment For Abusing Or Endangering The Health Of A Child Under Circumstances Likely To Cause Death Or Great Bodily Injury (PC 273a(a)) In Riverside County Or Orange County, California?

Posted in Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 27, 2015

Criminal Defense Attorney Help Those Facing Charges For Abusing Or Endangering The Health Of A Child Under Circumstances Likely To Cause Death Or Great Bodily Injury Because abusing or endangering the health of a child under circumstances likely to cause death or great bodily injury can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, the…

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What Types Of Defenses Can An Attorney Use If You Are Facing Charges In Riverside County Or Orange County For Abusing Or Endangering The Health Of A Child Under Circumstances Likely To Cause Death Or Great Bodily Injury (PC 273a(a))?

Posted in Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 27, 2015

Criminal Attorney Help Those Arrested For Abusing Or Endangering The Health Of A Child Under Circumstances Likely To Cause Death Or Great Bodily Injury First and foremost, a prosecutor must prove each and every element of their case beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury. Typically, PC 273a(a) defenses fall into one of four categories:…

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Abusing or Endangering The Health Of A Child Under Circumstances Likely To Cause Death Or Great Bodily Injury (PC 273a(a)) In Riverside County or Orange County

Posted in Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 27, 2015

Criminal Defense Lawyer For Abusing Or Endangering The Health Of A Child Under Circumstances Likely To Cause Death Or Great Bodily Injury Charges PC 273a(a) is commonly known as Abusing or Endangering the Health of a Child Under Circumstances Likely to Cause Death or Great Bodily Injury in California. To prove that a defendant is…

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What Is Considered To Be “Willfully” Under Abusing Or Endangering The Health Of A Child Under Circumstances Likely To Cause Death Or Great Bodily Injury (PC 273a(a)) In Riverside County Or Orange County?

Posted in Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 27, 2015

Someone commits an act “willfully” under PC 273a(a) when he or she does it willingly or on purpose. It is not required that he or she intend to break the law, hurt someone else, or gain any advantage. If you, or a family member has been arrested for Abusing or Endangering the Health of a…

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Is Abusing or Endangering the Health of a Child Under Circumstances Likely to Cause Death or Great Bodily Injury (PC 273a(a)) A Misdemeanor Or Felony In Riverside, CA?

Posted in Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 27, 2015

In Riverside County, California, PC 273a(a) / Abusing or Endangering the Health of a Child Under Circumstances Likely to Cause Death or Great Bodily is a wobbler, meaning it can be EITHER a misdemeanor OR a felony. This decision depends heavily upon the facts, as well as the defendant’s prior criminal history. If you, or…

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What Is Considered “Criminal Negligence” If You Have Been Arrested For Abusing Or Endangering The Health Of A Child Under Circumstances Likely To Cause Death Or Great Bodily Injury (PC 273a(a)) In Riverside County Or Orange County?

Posted in Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 27, 2015

A person acts with “criminal negligence” under PC 273a(a) • He or she acts in a reckless way that creates a high risk of death or great bodily injury, and; • A reasonable person would have known that acting in that way would create such a risk In other words, a person acts with criminal…

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