Spousal abuse charges fall under the category of domestic violence, and can thus lead to mandatory arrest with a hefty bail between $25,000 and $50,000. Because these kinds of allegations carry so much personal and communal significance, it’s of great importance to immediately procure experienced legal counsel. Even minor injuries can result in a stigmatizing charge of domestic violence. Sometimes, the police can even issue an emergency protective order, which mandates that the accused spouse vacate the home immediately. If you have been charged with spousal abuse, you absolutely need to contact our firm as soon as possible.
Spousal abuse can be considered a felony, and as such, the accused must suffer stringent legal and social consequences. If convicted, a damaging sentence will burden your permanent record, causing potential employers to dismiss your application. Because of California’s legal sensitivity to domestic violence and spousal abuse, the victim may not drop the charges.
This means spousal abuse can be treated as a crime against the government. Possible consequences for domestic violence can include forced attendance of anger management programs, restraining orders, loss of child custody, deportation, and loss of the right to possess firearms. Sometimes, in especially difficult circumstances involving allegations of sexual abuse, the defendant might be charged with sexual assault or rape.
It’s imperative that you choose strong legal representation when charged with spousal abuse. Having a committed attorney represent you as soon as possible will alleviate the legal and emotional strain from such allegations. At Okabe & Haushalter, your case will be handled with prudence and the legal acumen required in the most challenging of cases. Our lawyers have confidently faced some of the most high profile cases in the country, including O.J. Simpson’s and Michael Jackson’s. We have the experience to navigate successfully through your proceedings.
Contact a San Francisco spousal abuse attorney if you have been arrested.