Domestic violence is a broad category for many different offenses. It can be divided into three sub-categories:
- Battery on a spouse or cohabitant
- Battery on a spouse or cohabitant causing injury
- Criminal threats
A spouse or cohabitant is defined as someone who you are married to, have a child in common with, live with, or have previously dated.
A conviction for domestic violence can result in:
- A strike on your record which can never be removed
- A stay away order from the complaining witness
- Incarceration in State Prison or County Jail
- 52 week Anger Management Classes
- Thousands of Dollars in Fines
Christopher Varnell has defended many clients charged with domestic violence, at both the felony and misdemeanor level. He understands that there are two sides to every story, and that often the truth is not exposed in the police reports. There are also various motives behind police being contacted in domestic violence cases, such as child custody hearings or allegations of infidelity. Christopher Varnell has successfully negotiated plea agreements of reduced charges when appropriate, and has also had many acquittals after jury trial on charges of domestic violence.
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