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Sanford Horowitz Criminal Defense will always keep you updated on the status of your case. We’ll diligently investigate all aspects of the case and leverage every opportunity to vindicate you in court. As former prosecutors with the district attorney’s office, we have the experience and inside understanding of the court system to aggressively defend you in all aspects of the case.
We’ll also make sure you understand the guidelines of any protective orders that are issued. Contact a criminal defense attorney in Santa Barbara, CA to get the legal assistance you need.
Domestic violence is an abusive, violent, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one member of a family or household to another. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Domestic violence varies from saying unkind or demeaning words to kicking, choking, or even murdering.
Stalking can also be a form of domestic violence. The term “domestic violence” often refers to
violence between married and cohabiting couples yet can also refer to violence against other
members, such as children or elderly relatives.While domestic violence is an important issue, some unscrupulous parties in family law cases have discovered that a false allegation of domestic violence can be a powerful sword rather than a shield of protection. Because allegations often involve a “he said-she said” scenario with no other witnesses, allegations of domestic violence are particularly susceptible to abuse.
Sanford Horowitz criminal defense have handled thousands of criminal matters and are experienced at fettering out false allegations. He recognizes that parties to family law dispute may exaggerate or fabricate claims of domestic violence to seek restraining
orders, residential kick-out orders and the majority of parenting time. Whether attacking the credibility of the complaining witness or exposing unlawful conduct by police, Sanford Horowitz highly skilled and will leave no stone unturned when representing
individuals facing domestic violence charges.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence under California Law?
Impact of a California Domestic Violence Conviction
Impact of a California Domestic Violence Conviction If you suffer a conviction of a domestic violence offense, the consequences can have a substantial impact on your future. While the precise penalties will vary depending on the facts, circumstances, injuries, and the defendant’s criminal record, the consequences might include some or all the following:
– Jail/Prison: While the period of incarceration will vary city by city in California, being charged with domestic violence as a felony is punishable by up to four years in prison.
– Loss of Constitutional Rights: If you are convicted of a domestic violence offense, the court will restrict your ability to own or possess a firearm. You may also be subject to warrantless searches. If you are convicted of a felony form of domestic violence, you also will have your right to vote or serve on a jury suspended.
– Restraining Orders: The court will order you to have no contact with the complaining witness. When protective orders are imposed, you also might be excluded from your home and have access to your children limited.
– Counseling/Education: A person convicted of a domestic violence crime might be ordered to complete a 52-week domestic batterer class.
– Record of Conviction: When you suffer a criminal conviction for a domestic violence offense, the conviction will be part of your criminal record. When employers, landlords, professional licensing entities, immigration agencies or state occupational licensing agencies run a criminal background check, your criminal conviction may have an adverse impact