YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT!  //  CALL US ANY TIME  //  LOCATED DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM VISTA COURTHOUSE

Christoph Law Offices, DUI & Criminal Defense
Criminal Defense 40 + Years Experience

CALL 24/7 – Free Consultation
760-670-3885

Christoph Law Offices, DUI & Criminal Defense
Christoph Law Offices, DUI & Criminal Defense

HIGHEST RATING IN LEGAL ABILITY
AND ETHICAL STANDARDS

  • Top Lawyers - San Diego Magazine
  • Former Deputy San Diego City Attorney
  • Former USMC Captain
  • Located Directly Across From Vista Courthouse
  • Over 150 Five Star Reviews on Google and Yelp

Attorneys William R. Christoph & Nicholas W. Christoph

Domestic Violence Charges can be Misdemeanor or Felony

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2013

Domestic violence (DV)charges depend on the extent of force used and the injury inflicted or threatened.  The officers arrive on scene, separate the persons involved in the domestic violence, investigate, take photos, question the individuals and any witnesses.  Based on their investigation, someone almost always is arrested and goes to jail.  This quiets the situation, separates the parties, and the reports are turned over to the District Attorney (D.A.) for review and filing charges.  If there are no serious injuries or violence involved, the aggressor is charged with a misdemeanor, usually California Penal Code 243(e)(1) misdemeanor spousal battery.

Misdememeanor spousal battery is an unlawful rude or angry touching without injury.  It could be a simple push or other unlawfull use of force.  While it is referred to as spousal battery, the couple do not have to be married, but must have been in a dating relatinship at one time, cohabiting, or have children together.  The sentence carries possible custody up to a year and a fine up to $2000, 52 week domestic violence program, protective order, and firearm prohabition for 10 years.

The felony spousal abuse with injury is California Penal Code 273.5(a) and requires willfully inflicting a “corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition…” on their spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or parent of their child.  It carries up to 4 years prison and a $10,000 fine, 52 week domestic violence program if granted probation, restitution for injuries, protective order, no firearms for life.  It is possible that if the injuries are not significant, the D.A. could file the charge as a misdemeanor P.C. 273.5(a) per P.C. 17(b)(4) with misdemeanor penalties similar to the P.C. 243(e)(1).

Many times input be a Defense attorney with additional witness or victim information can result in the charges being rejected, not filed, or filed as a misdemeanor even if there was a felony arrest.  Christoph Law Offices have handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor DV cases over the 30+ years they have been located across from Vista Courts.  Call 760-670-3885 for a free consultation as soon as possible to try and address the charges before they are filed.

Categories

Archives

""
Google 5 Star Reviews

Over 150 Five Star Google and Yelp Reviews

5 stars
Yelp 5 Stars Logo

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

I highly recommend Christoph Law Offices to everyone. Nick is a true professional who will go above and beyond for his clients. Thank you!
– Mahir B.

AMAZING ATTORNEYS!

Amazing attorneys! Bill Christoph was very helpful during my case. He was always quick to get back to me about my questions.
– Collin W.

EXPERT IN HIS FIELD

Great experience overall having William Christoph as my attorney. He understands his client, very insightful and is an expert in his field.
– Soheila N.

Defending Against DUI and Criminal Charges Throughout San Diego County

TOP RATED In The Legal Community
San Diego magazine Top Lawyers 2022
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
AVVO Rating 10 Superb Top Criminal Defense