Self-Defense in Domestic Violence Cases
Anaheim Criminal Defense Lawyers
When it comes to
false accusations and self-defense go hand-in-hand. Since false accusations of
child abuse and other forms of domestic violence have become so prevalent, investigations
are made before official charges can actually be filed. There are many
cases where the accusation had no grounds at all except for bitterness
or anger on the part of the accuser; however, sometimes the alleged offender
actually did bring injury to their accuser. This does not always mean
that the crime was actually committed, though, because the accused may
have only been acting out of self-defense.
The Consequences of a Conviction
Domestic violence cases are taken very seriously. If your reasons for acting
out of self-defense are not apparent to the court, you may be charged
with assault and/or battery, which carry heavy consequences when it involves
family abuse. This may include several thousand dollars in fines, jail
and prison sentences of more than five years, and additional penalties
that the court may deem fitting for the situation. It is essential for
individuals to establish their actions as self-defense in response to
the other person's aggressive action—to do this, you may need
the knowledge and experience of an Anaheim criminal defense lawyer.
Defense Against Charges of Domestic Violence
If you are facing charges of domestic violence as a result of actions you
took in self-defense, your successful defense against the charges may
depend on proving to the court that you acted in response to an immediate
threat to your personal safety. Assault and battery are criminal acts
of threatening or inflicting physical harm against an individual—however,
if the other person was the dominant aggressor who initiated the confrontation,
your act of inflicting harm or injury in self-defense may not be considered
a punishable crime.
Perhaps you have brought injury to your spouse or another cohabitant in
your home, but only did so because they caused you to fear injury yourself.
Anaheim domestic violence attorney Barney Gibbs may help you prove to
the court that your accuser acted first and that you only reacted in defense.
Do not suffer the consequences of unsubstantiated or fraudulent criminal
charges—let our firm help you review your situation and defend the
actions you may have taken to ensure your own personal safety in a domestic
We Have Secured More Than 1,100 Case Dismissals
Through a free case evaluation with The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs,
you could review your situation with a lawyer who has
focused his practice on criminal defense for 30 years. Our team has
handled more than 2,500 defense cases, which has given our attorneys extensive insight into the courts and what
defense strategies are most effective. Each of our clients receives one-on-one,
personalized attention throughout the course of their legal process.
Call today to
schedule your consultation and learn what Attorney Barney B. Gibbs may do for you!