Domestic Violence

Ventura Domestic Violence Lawyer

Defending Clients Accused of Domestic Violence in Ventura County

Whether it was all an accident or the alleged victim made false allegations against you, our Ventura domestic violence lawyer at Bentley Law can protect your rights and future throughout the legal process. 

We can thoroughly assess your case, determine your available legal options, and help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

Have you been charged or accused of domestic violence? Call Bentley Law today at (805) 210-8555 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our domestic violence attorney in Ventura. 

What is Domestic Violence in California?

According to state law, domestic violence occurs when a person knowingly or recklessly uses physical force or threatens such force against an intimate partner (e.g., current or former spouse, domestic partner, fiancé(e), romantic parent, or the other parent of the person’s child). Abuse involving someone’s child and family members (either through blood or marriage) can also lead to domestic violence charges.

Domestic violence crimes in California are mostly “wobbler” offenses, which means they can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor based on the circumstances of the crime, the severity of the alleged victim’s injuries, and/or the alleged offender’s criminal record.

Common Domestic Violence Charges

Some common domestic violence charges in California include the following:

Domestic battery - Inflicting force or violence on a romantic partner is a misdemeanor, which carries a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine of no more than $2,000.

Corporal injury to a spouse or household member - Inflicting force or violence that causes a “slight” injury to a romantic partner is a felony, punishable by a maximum prison term of four years.

Child abuse - Inflicting injury or corporal punishment on a child is punishable by either a maximum one-year jail sentence or imprisonment for up to three years.

Elder abuse - Inflicting physical, emotional, or financial abuse on or neglecting a person who is at least 65 years old carries either a jail term of up to one year or a maximum prison sentence of four years.

Criminal threats - Making threats of serious harm is punishable by either a maximum jail sentence of one year or imprisonment for up to four years.

Stalking - Harassing a romantic partner to the point he/she is afraid of his/her safety, or the safety of his/her family carries either a maximum one-year jail sentence or imprisonment for up to three years.

Domestic Violence Penalties in California

Although you love your spouse, romantic partner, or family, disagreements may still occur. When an argument escalates into a physical altercation that results in law enforcement officials visiting your home, they are required to make an arrest, even if the alleged victim regrets his/her actions. It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you avoid the harsh criminal penalties associated with domestic violence in California.

The following are the consequences of a California domestic violence conviction:

  • A jail or prison sentence (including a mandatory minimum sentence)
  • Fines and/or restitution
  • Mandatory enrollment in domestic violence courses
  • A permanent criminal record
  • A restraining order
  • Loss of child custody rights
  • Loss of gun rights
  • Deportation for non-citizens

Protect Your Rights with an Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer

Dealing with domestic violence charges can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming. If you or a loved one is facing accusations of domestic violence in Ventura County, it is crucial to have a skilled and experienced lawyer on your side. At Bentley Law, our team of dedicated domestic violence lawyers is committed to protecting your rights and providing you with the best possible defense.

Why choose Bentley Law for your domestic violence case?

  • Expertise: Our lawyers specialize in domestic violence cases and have a deep understanding of the laws and legal processes in Ventura County.
  • Experience: With years of experience handling domestic violence cases, we have successfully defended numerous clients and achieved favorable outcomes.
  • Personalized approach: We believe in personalized representation and will work closely with you to understand your unique situation and build a strong defense strategy tailored to your needs.
  • Compassion and support: We understand the emotional toll that domestic violence cases can have on individuals and families. Our team is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need throughout the legal process.
  • Proven track record: Our firm has a proven track record of success in defending clients accused of domestic violence in Ventura County.

If you are facing domestic violence charges, don't wait. Contact Bentley Law today to schedule your free consultation and discuss your case with one of our experienced domestic violence lawyers. We are here to fight for your rights and help you navigate through this challenging time.

Contact Bentley Law today to get started on your defense with our Ventura domestic violence lawyer.

Commonly Asked Questions

What should I do if I have been charged or accused of domestic violence?

If you have been charged or accused of domestic violence, it is important to seek legal representation from an experienced domestic violence attorney. They can assess your case, determine your legal options, and help you obtain the best possible outcome.

Can domestic violence charges be reduced or dismissed?

Yes, domestic violence charges can potentially be reduced or dismissed depending on the circumstances of the case. An experienced domestic violence attorney can review the evidence, identify any weaknesses in the prosecution's case, and build a strong defense strategy.

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