The holidays can be an especially challenging time for victims of domestic violence, who often feel trapped and unable to escape their abusive relationship. In California, the number of domestic abuse cases reported to law enforcement agencies has been on the rise in recent years. In addition to physical abuse, domestic violence often includes emotional abuse, sexual assault, and stalking.
Reasons for a Jump in Domestic Violence Cases during the Holidays
Stressors associated with family gatherings and increased alcohol consumption are the main reasons behind the increase in domestic violence cases in the months of November, December, and January. Tensions run high during the end of the year and stressful situations can often turn into violent ones when not well managed.
Every year in the United States, 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence. Many incidents occur around significant holidays when financial stress leads to alcohol problems and family disputes. California Penal Code Sections 273.5 and 243(e)(1) define domestic violence and corporal injury as abuse causing pain, suffering, disability, or disfigurement to a current or past spouse, partner, fiancé, parent of one's child, roommate, or any immediate family member.
Domestic Violence Accusations
Also, for the accused, a charge of domestic violence is serious and can have lasting adverse effects on one's life. Even if you are innocent, the mere accusation of domestic violence or abuse of any kind, including Child Abuse and Child Endangerment, can have serious consequences. In addition to fines and possible jail time, a conviction of assault or battery charges can cause severe personal problems such as loss of custody rights, loss of employment opportunities, and damage to one's reputation.
If you are accused of domestic violence, you should hire an experienced Southern California domestic violence defense attorney to represent you. You need someone on your side who knows the legal process and knows how to protect you and your rights. A competent and aggressive criminal defense attorney will fight for the best possible outcome, whether that entails a reduction in charges or a flat out dismissal. And where necessary they can also negotiate for alternative sentencing, such as anger management or other programs in lieu of jail time.
The Defense Attorneys at the Kann California Law Group are Ready to Fight for You
Domestic violence charges are serious and may have life-altering consequences if you are convicted. The legal process is complex, but with a thorough and skilled attorney by your side, you will be protected. If you find yourself facing domestic violence charges and want to explore your options, contact our attorneys here at the Kann California Law Group. Our domestic violence defense attorneys have a deep understanding of the law and legal process and will work with you to build a defense strategy tailored to your individual case.
Domestic violence charges can lead to increased stress and anxiety in your life, but we are committed to helping you through the process and fighting for your rights. Whether charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, call us at (888) 744-7730 or fill out our our confidential online contact form for a free consultation. One of our attorneys will contact you to discuss your case.