Any domestic violence charge should be taken seriously. This is especially true when it comes to a charge of battery on a spouse. Continue reading to learn why this charge is so serious, what type of punishment you could face, and how Law Office of Michael L. Fell could help you when you call our offices at (949) 585-9055 for a free consultation.
A One-Second Touch Can Lead to Domestic Violence Charges
The unfortunate truth about battery on a spouse charge is that it can mean just about any type of contact between spouses or ex-spouses. For that reason, it is one of the most common domestic violence charges we see. The only real requirement is that the touch is done in a way that the courts believe is angry and/or disrespectful.
No Injury is Required for a Conviction of Battery on a Spouse
There is no requirement that a person is injured for charges of battery on a spouse to be charged. The “victim” does not even have to have been in pain. The only requirement is that the alleged aggressor touched their spouse or ex-spouse in a harmful or rude way. Simply pushing someone lightly is enough.
It is Essential to Contact an Attorney as Soon as Possible
It is all too common for a defendant to wait to call an attorney because they believe they have done nothing wrong and there is no reason to. If you have been arrested or even accused of domestic violence, of any severity, no matter the validity, you should contact an attorney. The sooner we can start working for you, the better prepared we will be to fight the charges.
Were You Acting in Self-Defense?
In many cases, the person accused of battery of a spouse was actually acting in self-defense. They were defending either themselves, their child, or someone else. If that is the case, then you should not be punished. It is entirely legal to defend yourself and others from immediate harm.
Are You Facing Your First Offense?
It might be that you are guilty of acting out of anger and you did commit this crime. If that is the case and it is your first offense, then we can likely find a creative sentencing option. This could result in no jail time and no criminal record. In exchange, you might have to pay a fine, take part in anger management classes, or other actions. The key is that we will work to keep you out of jail.
Are you ready to find out how we can help you fight the charges you are facing? Then contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 now to request a free legal consultation. We will start by listening to your story, offering our advice, and letting you know what your options are.