After O.J. Simpson’s notorious murder trial, the California legislature made many significant changes to the laws regarding domestic violence. These cases are now very serious!
In the past it was customary for police to simply “keep the peace” when responding to most domestic disturbances. Now they are trained to determine who initiated the altercation and make an arrest. Likewise, the laws of evidence have changed and make it easier for prosecutors to obtain a conviction even in very questionable cases, such as when the “victim” comes to court to tell the truth, but it doesn’t match the police officer’s testimony. Finally, domestic violence sentencing laws are now much more strict. Even first time offenders are required to serve three years of supervised probation, attend an expensive 52 week counseling program for “batterers,” complete many hours of community service, pay mandatory fines and court fees as well as serve a jail sentence!
In addition to the criminal penalties, it is critical for a person charged with domestic violence charges to be aware that a conviction will seriously affect any pending or future divorce or child custody dispute. For gun owners, it is essential to know that under federal law, a domestic violence conviction results in a lifetime ban on the ownership or possession of all firearms!
If you have been accused of domestic violence or spousal abuse, you need the most effective representation possible. Casciola & Galambos, LLP has represented clients accused of domestic violence and other serious criminal charges since 1980. In every case, our lawyers work to build a strong and persuasive case designed to protect our clients’ rights.
Call us at 1.800.892.3489 or 1.805.541.4135 for a free consultation. Your future is important to us.