Santa Maria & San Luis Obispo Domestic Violence Attorney
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A survey conducted by the California Department of Health determined that
40% of women experience an act of physical violence during their lifetimes.
Many of these instances go unreported by victims out of fear or belief
that the violence was an isolated incident. If you or a loved one has
been a victim of domestic violence, we strongly suggest contacting an
attorney from the
Law Offices of R. Morgan Holland, L.C.
Our compassionate Santa Maria domestic violence attorney understands the
need for confidentiality during this process, which is why we offer our
potential clients a free confidential case analysis. You and your family
should not have to live in fear of verbal, physical or psychological threats.
We can help you. – Call today
to schedule your appointment.
How the Law Defines Domestic Violence
California law considers domestic violence as any violent acts or threats
that occur between two individuals in the following type of relationship:
- Spouse or Former Spouse
- Cohabitant or Former Cohabitant
Generally, domestic violence happens to victims that currently reside in
the home with the attacker. In these instances, the violence could be
a spouse, child or another relative. California understands that domestic
violence can occur after a
divorce or break-up which is why those protected under battery/domestic violence
Penal Code are not required to live with their attacker in order to be
Domestic violence is defined as:
- Sexual assault
- Intentionally causing physical pain, injury or illness
- Intentionally impairing a physical condition
- A physical ad that could cause the victim to fear imminent occurrence of
any of the above
Protective Orders & Restraining Orders
If you have become a victim of domestic violence, California state law
allows you to apply for an emergency protective order and/or
restraining order. An emergency protective order (EPO) is a short-term protective order
given to the police when their abuser is arrested for domestic violence.
An EPO lasts anywhere from three to seven days. If after that time, you
still feel threatened, you should contact an experienced Santa Maria domestic
violence lawyer to help guide you through the process of filing for a
protection or restraining order.
Penalties for Domestic Violence
When a domestic attacker is charged with domestic violence, there are several
areas of the penal code our San Luis Obispo & Santa Maria family lawyer
can utilize to bring charges against him or her. Battery is considered,
“willful and unlawful use of force or violence against the person
of another” and may be used to charge your attacker.
What are the penalties for domestic violence?
- Fines of up to $2,000 and/or
- Imprisonment in county jail up to 1 year
- Probation for 1 year and
- Batterer’s treatment program
Felony Conviction Battery
- Fines of up $6,000 and/or
- One year county jail or two to four years state prison
Have You Fallen Victim to Domestic Violence? Call Our Attorney Today
If you have become a victim of domestic violence, help is available. Our
San Luis Obispo domestic violence attorney is deeply invested in providing
cost-effective and caring legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Our attorney is well-versed in all aspects of
family law and can assist you with filing a restraining order, legal separation or divorce.
Let us help you. --- Contact us to schedule your free consultation.