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Pasadena Domestic Violence Lawyer

Skilled Representation for All Domestic Violence Issues

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The California Family Code provides extensive laws pertaining to families, including marriage, domestic partnership, marital property, divorce, child support, spousal support, and restraining orders. Domestic violence also falls under the area of family law since it involves spouses, or parents and their children. Domestic abuse and violence can also be handled through a criminal case, but in order to handle domestic violence on a more personal level, you need a Pasadena domestic violence lawyer with a deep understanding of family law.

Domestic violence is one of the most sensitive legal issues under family law. Studies show that the majority of domestic abuse cases go unreported for reasons such as fear of retaliation, or apprehension about what people might think. At Schweitzer Law Partners, domestic violence attorneys in Pasadena are advocates for the prevention of domestic abuse and have helped countless victims obtain protection under the law. We also realize that many accusations of domestic violence and abuse are made out of spite. Therefore, our skilled legal team is also prepared to provide defense against any wrongful allegations.

Types of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is only one of many forms of domestic abuse. Under California family law, legal action can be taken against abuse in any of the following forms:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional/psychological abuse
  • Financial abuse or coercion

Many cases of domestic violence start on a much more subtle level, such as emotional or psychological abuse, before building up to abuse that causes physical harm. Domestic violence often involves some form of assault and battery such as beating a spouse or child, throwing objects at them, or sexually abusing them to the point of injury.

Penalties of Domestic Violence in California

Domestic Violence as a Criminal Offense

When a spouse or child suffers from domestic violence, they can suffer from severe and long-lasting damages, both physically and emotionally. That is why domestic violence is considered a crime in the state of California – or in any state for that matter – and is punishable under the California Penal Code. Separate sections address issues such as bodily injury to a spouse or cohabitant; domestic battery; child abuse; child endangerment and neglect; and criminal threats.

Penalties for such violence and abuse in the home vary depending on the offense. For example, willfully causing bodily injury to a spouse or cohabitant that results in a traumatic condition (Cal. Pen. Code § 273.5) is a felony punishable by a maximum fine of $6,000 and a state prison sentence of up to 4 years. Child endangerment (§ 273(a)) can also be charged as a felony, though it can also be a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail. Domestic battery (§ 243(e)1) is punishable by a maximum fine of $2,000 and/or up to one year in the county jail.

Domestic Violence Cases We Handle

Speak with a skilled Pasadena domestic abuse attorney from our firm right away to discuss the relationship between domestic violence and family law. It is important to understand domestic violence and the penalties of domestic violence so that you can make an educated decision regarding your situation. Our law firm represents victims of spousal abuse, or those who need to act on behalf of a child who is suffering from child abuse. We can also provide capable defense for individuals who have been falsely accused of the same.

Restraining orders are a main goal for most of our domestic violence cases. Our greatest priority is to help you obtain legal protection from any further violence or abuse. Speak with a Pasadena domestic violence attorney from our firm right away to learn about emergency protective orders, temporary restraining orders, and permanent restraining orders, and to find out which is best for you. We can also help you through the process of enforcing a court order in case someone disobeys the restraining order you have against them.

Experienced in Both Prosecution & Defense of Domestic Violence

Schweitzer Law Partners was founded by a lawyer with an extensive background in both family law and criminal defense. Attorney Schweitzer has 16 years of former experience in law enforcement – 8 years as a police officer, 8 years as an assistant District Attorney, and 12 years of experience in both criminal defense and family law, including domestic violence law. With such a strong knowledge of the prosecutor's strategies, Attorney Schweitzer not only can provide excellent representation for victims of domestic violence, but can also skillfully defend those who have been wrongfully charged with abuse.

Along with our founding attorney's experience, each Pasadena domestic violence attorney in our legal team has much to contribute to the success of each case we handle. We are a young, dynamic, and knowledgeable team with attorneys who have undergone extensive testing and review by the State Bar of California. We have certified specialties in family law. We have been recognized as approachable, responsive, compassionate, caring, and proactive by clients and peers alike. Visit our testimonials page to see what our past clients have to say about our service before you consult with a member of our team to discuss how we can handle your case.

Contact Our Pasadena Domestic Violence Lawyer Today

Need an attorney for a domestic violence case in Pasadena? Do not hesitate to retain a lawyer from Schweitzer Law Partners if you are in need of a knowledgeable and experienced Pasadena domestic violence attorney. We are Pasadena's premier law firm for domestic violence. Let us review your case today through an initial consultation and help you determine what action to take in your defense, either against further abuse or against a harmful criminal conviction. We are strong litigators who have spent thousands of hours in the courtroom, so you can trust us to provide the representation you need.

Dealing with domestic violence is a scary and difficult process, but our attorneys are respectful and compassionate and will assist you through each step. Our domestic violence lawyer in Pasadena can help you obtain a temporary restraining order to protect you until you can go to court and obtain a permanent order. Our founding attorney has an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal defense, which means we are also capable of providing skilled defense against wrongful allegations of domestic violence. Call today to learn more about how we will handle your domestic violence case.

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