Anaheim Spousal Abuse Lawyer

Defining Spousal Abuse in Orange County, CA

Spousal abuse is arguably the most common accusation of domestic violence today. A large number of these accusations are made out of anger, resentment or bitterness when the two spouses are not getting along. Since false accusations are so prevalent, any accusations of domestic violence must first be investigated by police before charges may be filed.

Consequences of a Conviction

If the alleged offender is convicted of spousal abuse as defined in California Penal Code § 243(e), they will face a sentence of up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. Their spouse may also succeed in obtaining a restraining order that prevents them from returning to the house or coming within a certain distance of them. Anyone who has been wrongfully accused of spousal abuse should seek aggressive legal representation immediately to avoid such harsh penalties.

How can a domestic violence lawyer help?

If you have been accused of abusing your spouse, The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs may be able to help. Only an experienced and aggressive Anaheim domestic violence attorney may have the legal knowledge and experience to present a strong defense on your behalf and fight a conviction. A defense lawyer could prevent charges from being filed at all if you act soon enough and retain them before or during your pre-charge investigation.

Building Your Defense Against the Abuse Charge

A spousal abuse conviction may only be successful if the prosecution is able to prove two things: that a spousal relationship exists between the individuals, and that a specific form of assault, battery, or abuse occurred. A spousal relationship may include the parents of children, fiancés and former fiancés, and even individuals who have dated.

Abuse may come in many forms, including:

  • Actual or intentional injury (kicking, pushing, shoving, etc.)
  • Sexual assault
  • Preventing someone from leaving or arriving
  • Stalking and harassing
  • Following and scaring
  • Abuse of family pets
  • Inducing fear for personal safety

When it comes to your defense against a charge of spousal abuse, our Orange County criminal lawyer understands how the prosecution may attempt to make their case. At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, we build effective defenses for our clients by challenging the evidence against them. It is very possible for fraudulent and unsubstantiated charges to result in a conviction if the charge is not effectively contested.

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With more than 30 years of experience, Anaheim domestic abuse lawyer Barney Gibbs may provide the seasoned and aggressive representation you need to obtain the best possible results for your case. Your initial consultation with our firm is free, so don't hesitate to call today and speak with me about your options. Each of our clients receives personalized attention from our legal team in order to help them pursue an effective course of legal action in their case