A wide range of behaviors can be combined under the larger heading of domestic violence. In fact, not all of these behaviors are physically violent, but they all can lead to long-standing consequences that affect your life in virtually every area, from your relationship to your employment standing and more.
If you are facing charges of domestic violence, you deserve representation by a criminal law specialist. Contact Gasner Criminal Law today by calling us at 415-782-6000 to schedule a consultation on your case.
Domestic violence is actually not one type of criminal charge. Instead, it corresponds to a wide range of different actions you may be accused of taking against your spouse, significant other, children, or other individual within your domestic household. You may also hear domestic violence referred to as intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, or relationship abuse. It also does not require a relationship to be formalized in marriage. It can occur between two people who are dating, as well as between those who have been legally married for many years.
At its heart, domestic violence is not actually about physical confrontation. Instead, it is about power and control. The abuser (the one committing the act) uses a wide range of tactics in order to maintain control and power over the other person.
Domestic violence can take many forms, and can include the following:
Many of the forms of domestic violence do not have a physical component. Instead, they include emotional and mental violence against another person. In addition, domestic violence is not always perpetrated by a male against a female. It can be male on male, female on female, adult on child, or even female on male.
The consequences of being charged with domestic violence can be incredibly far-reaching. Being found guilty of domestic violence can lead to being fired from your job, being ostracized from your circle of friends, even removed from social activities and organizations. This is on top of the legal consequences. Depending on the severity of the abuse and whether this was a first infraction, you could face community service, jail time, restraining orders, supervised visits with children, being required to take part in an intervention program, and even termination of your parental rights.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, you deserve legal protection under the law. An experienced criminal law specialist can represent you in court and help ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Time is of the essence when you are facing criminal charges. Call Gasner Criminal Law today at 415-782-600o to schedule your free 60-minute consultation today. You can also use our contact page to schedule your consultation.