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Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Attorney in San Diego

In California, domestic violence is not taken lightly due to the strict laws. As a result, law enforcement stays proactive in cases where domestic violence is possible. Therefore, any acts of physical violence or even where physical violence has yet to occur, will result in an arrest. Marc S. Kohnen is a criminal defense attorney in San Diego with a large success rate of defense cases in domestic violence. Our law firm will work with you every step of the way to ensure you have a fair trial.

Types of Domestic Violence in California

Domestic violence is violence that occurs between a spouse, roommate, family member, domestic partner, cohabitant, boyfriend or girlfriend. Unfortunately, if the victim does not wish to press charges, the state has the power to press charges. As a result, domestic violence charges require an attorney with a large background in successful cases. Our lawyer Marc S. Kohnen and his team are here to defend you in the following cases.

  • Battery Against Spouse, Cohabitant, or Parents: Penal Code 243(e).
  • Inflicting Injury on Spouse: Penal Code 273.5.
  • Child Abuse/Neglect: Penal Code 273.
  • Stalking: Penal Code 646.9.
  • Violation of Restraining Orders: Penal Code 166.
  • Criminal Threats: Penal Code 422.
  • Elder Abuse: Penal Code 368.

California Domestic Violence Penalties

To start, your judge will determine if the charges against you are either a misdemeanor or a felony. This is based on the severity of the current situation, any past history of domestic violence and more.

Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Penalties

  • 20+ hours of community service.
  • Up to a year in jail.
  • Court costs and fines.
  • Loss of contact with victim – Criminal Protective Order.
  • Complete a 52-week anger management course.
  • No right to own or possess a firearm for 10 years.

Felony Domestic Violence Penalties

  • No right to own or possess firearm for life.
  • Prison sentence of 2-4 years or 1 year in county jail.
  • Court costs and fines.
  • Loss of contact with victim – Criminal Protective Order.

Contact Our San Diego Domestic Violence Lawyer

As an arrest for domestic violence can be made with very little, if any evidence, you are in a position where you can more easily be charged falsely. An argument with a spouse or other partner can escalate, unfortunately, and in a vindictive manner, law enforcement can be called. The court system is not going to be treating you with kindness and understanding. They want to convict you of the crime.

If you have been charged of domestic violence or are under investigation in San Diego, it is imperative that you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our expert team at our law firm in San Diego is ready to take your case and defend your rights for the best possible outcome. Get into contact with our criminal defense lawyer Marc S. Kohnen by calling 619-398-2500 or by filling out our online contact form on our Contact Us page.

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    “When I met Marc, I was immediately relieved. His calm and professional demeanor was exactly what I needed. He handled my case without a hiccup.”

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