In the California Family Code, "abuse" is defined as intentionally or recklessly causing bodily injury; sexual assault; placing a person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury; or engaging in any behavior that has been or could be enjoined (molestation, battery, harassment, disturbing the peace, etc.). When such abuse is committed by one spouse or domestic partner against the other, it is considered to be spousal abuse and is punishable under California Penal Code § 243(e)(1) and § 273.5. Criminal threats can also be punished under § 422. These penalties can include fines of up to $1,000 or $2,000 and a jail sentence of up to one year. Some cases involving serious bodily injury may even be charged as felonies with a state prison sentence of up to 4 years.
Spousal abuse is a highly under-reported criminal offense due to the amount of fear that victims experience. It can be difficult to bring the issue to light, but if you are a victim of such abuse, you are not alone. Need an attorney for a spousal abuse case in Pasadena, CA? Each Pasadena domestic violence lawyer with the Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer can discreetly and compassionately counsel you in your legal options. We have helped countless individuals find relief from domestic abuse by obtaining temporary and permanent restraining orders.
We are also understanding of the fact that many allegations of spousal abuse are false. If you have been wrongfully accused of spousal abuse by an angry, bitter, or malicious spouse, we can provide the defense you need. Call today to schedule an appointment with an attorney and find out what options you have to protect yourself as a victim, or as someone who has been wrongfully charged with domestic violence.
Searching for a spousal abuse attorney in Pasadena? Having a domestic violence lawyer by your side could give you the support and confidence you need to file for a restraining order and prevent further abuse. We understand that this is a difficult situation, which is why we encourage you to consult with an attorney from our firm at your earliest convenience. We are AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and have received countless testimonials praising our approachable and welcoming service, our responsiveness, and our favorable case results. Contact us today to learn more!