Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

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Have you or a loved one being accused of or arrested for domestic violence? The first thing to understand is that you have rights.

We understand that arguments or disputes with family members or loved ones are a common situation within a family. Tempers flare, inappropriate words can be said, and in some cases, violence can result. Our goal is to understand all the details of the situation.

If you or a loved one is being investigated for or being charged with a domestic violence crime, it is vital to act quick to protect your rights and freedom. Our Sacramento criminal defense attorneys have gathered the following information to help answer your legal questions about specific domestic violence laws and charges.

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    What is the legal definition of domestic violence in California?

    The State of California defines domestic violence in both the California Penal Code and the California Family code.

    Under the California Penal Code 13700(b), domestic violence is abuse committed against an adult or minor who is a:

    • Current or former spouse
    • Current or former cohabitant
    • Current or former partner in a dating or engagement relationship
    • Mother or Father of the offender’s child

    Under the California Family Code 6211, there are two additional categories of victims, including:

    1. (e): “A child of a party or a child who is the subject of an action under the Uniform Parentage Act, where the presumption applies that the male parent is the father of the child to be protected.”
    2. (f): “Any other person related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree.” Where consanguinity refers to related by blood and affinity refers to related through marriage.
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    “At Abrate & Olsen Law Group, our client’s needs are the number one priority for our criminal defense attorneys. You and your family deserve the best in the business, and that’s what we deliver.”

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    What is the process for a domestic violence case?

    From the moment you hire the Abrate & Olsen Law Group, our lawyers immediately get to work to protect your rights. Here are the steps we take:


    Step 1: We meet with you

    First, you will meet with our experienced domestic violence attorneys. We take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and accurately document your account of the situation.

    Step 3: We meet with the district attorney

    We present the district attorney with your account of the situation as well as any additional evidence. We work to convince the prosecution to drop all charges and to not continue with a criminal case.

    Step 2: We create a defense strategy

    We then review the accounts of the case as outlined by law enforcement, including statements made by the alleged victim of domestic violence. We use this information to create an initial defense strategy for your situation.

    Step 4: We represent you in trial

    Should your case continue to a jury trial, you can rest assured that you will be professionally and proficiently represented by our criminal defense attorneys who have a high success rate in cases tried in front of a jury.

    The Abrate & Olsen team has made my experience with the law very smooth. Having them represent me was the best decision I could’ve made during this stressful process. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs legal advice. They are so helpful!– Katerina Graham, Granite Bay, CA

    Domestic Violence FAQ

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    What is an arraignment?

    An arraignment hearing is usually the first step in the criminal procedure that takes place in a courtroom before a judge or magistrate. The Arraignment Hearing protects your rights guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Specifically, the right “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.”

    Do all criminal cases go to trial?

    Very few cases make it to the trial stage. The majority of all criminal cases are resolved through some type of plea-bargaining arrangement prior to trial. Each case is unique, and a plea bargain or trial setting depends upon the strength of the case, evidence and testimony, and even the court or specific judge.

    Is my case over if the victim no longer wants to press charges?

    Not necessarily. Once charges are filed, the state becomes the victim in the case. The state will surely run into difficulty if the victim refuses to show up for court or changes a story during testimony. This is more often seen in domestic violence cases where the parties have reconciled.

    Take action and protect your loved ones! Schedule your confidential consultation with Abrate & Olsen Law Group!

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    Can a victim drop domestic violence charges?

    Domestic violence criminal charges can stem from a variety of situations and getting the charges dropped is not as simple as the victim withdrawing a complaint. Let’s say, for example, your neighbor hears suspicious activity and calls the police to your home. The police arrive and make an arrest. In that situation could the victim of domestic violence simply drop the domestic violence charge and make the incident go away?

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    Domestic Violence Penalties in California

    If you are facing criminal charges involving domestic violence in California, we understand that you have questions, and our Sacramento criminal defense attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process. To start, here is a list of domestic violence penalties in California. Contact Abrate & Olsen Law Group for more information on how to navigate the legal process.

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    Legal Defense Options for Domestic Violence

    Are you or a loved one being charged for Domestic Violence? Abrate & Olsen Law Group have Legal Defense Options for you!Being charged with domestic violence in California does not mean you are guilty. Our first goal is to get your charges dropped before the case goes to a trial.

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