Protecting Your Rights
in Your Domestic Violence Case
Domestic violence can be a misdemeanor or felony in the state of California. To prove the crime of domestic violence, there must be a willfully inflicted physical injury to the victim that results in a traumatic injury. Physical injury can be inflicted by hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, biting, pushing, strangling, stabbing, etc. The physical injury must be caused willfully and not accidentally. Lastly, the result of the physical injury should be some sort of a traumatic injury such as a scratch, redness, bruising, swelling, broken bones, etc.
If these elements are not met, there can be no domestic violence charge. If the above elements are met and you are charged with domestic violence, there are several ways to fight the charges.
The most common defense for domestic violence is self-defense. Self-defense can be used when a person hurts another because they were trying to protect themselves. Somewhat related to self-defense is mutual combat.
The defense of mutual combat arises when the defendant initiates the physical altercation but then tries to stop fighting and the other party refuses. In that situation, if the victim suffers injuries, it is not the defendant's responsibility.
Another common defense is an accident. As stated above, the injury must be willfully inflicted; so if someone got hurt accidentally, that is a proper legal defense.
Another defense is false accusations. Often, in an emotional situation, people may not think clearly and blame each other for things that did not occur. If there was a false accusation, the victim may be held liable for making this false accusation. If the victim drops charges, the defendant is likely not off the hook and may still be charged with domestic violence.
It is important to speak with a qualified domestic violence defense attorney at the earliest possible moment regarding your case. Contact Richard F. Arroyo at Arroyo Law Center - Richard Arroyo, Attorney for a FREE mobile or office consultation.