Sunday, April 14, 2024


Charges of domestic abuse in Walnut Creek and throughout California are very serious. California domestic abuse laws state that a person who intentionally or recklessly causes or attempts bodily injury, sexual assault, or places a domestic partner, spouse, fiancé, or cohabitant in reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily injury can be arrested for domestic abuse.

The Law Offices of Robert J. Beles, California criminal defense and domestic violence attorney, can defend you when you are accused of domestic violence in Walnut Creek and throughout Contra Costa County and Alameda County including areas such as Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City, Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, and San Ramon.

Consequences of domestic abuse in Walnut Creek, CA

The whole experience is overwhelming—accusations, an arrest, charges—your head may be reeling. Once you are charged with domestic abuse, it is just the beginning of fighting for your rights in a court of law. It is important that you understand the consequences.

In California, there are special prosecutors who handle domestic abuse. Contra Costa County was the first county to establish a Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Program in the state of California. These are the prosecutors who decide if your domestic violence charge is a felony, a misdemeanor, or if the charge is dropped completely. Charges can result in:

  • Domestic violence counseling (52 weeks of anger management classes)
  • Community service (40 hours)
  • A protection or no contact order with your domestic partner and/or child(ren)
  • Fines (up to $10,000)
  • Jail time (several months in county jail or several years in state prison)

California domestic abuse lawyers serving Walnut Creek and all of Contra Costa County

Zero tolerance means that it is almost guaranteed that when the police are called into a situation for domestic violence, the accused party will be arrested and charged. Getting a domestic violence charge dropped in the state of California is nearly impossible. Even if the spouse or intimate partner seeks to drop charges, once a charge is filed it becomes a decision of the state and special prosecutor.

It is highly recommended to hire a strong criminal defense attorney when entering the California court system on felony charges. The defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Beles listen to your side and develop a rigorous defense strategy so that you have a voice in court. An expert legal defense also helps minimize the penalties. The Law Offices of Robert J. Beles has been very successful in getting domestic violence charges dropped.

To schedule a consultation now with an experienced Alameda County and Contra Costa County domestic violence defense lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Robert Beles online or call 510-836-0100.

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