Beverly Hills Domestic Violence
Beverly Hills Domestic Violence crimes are those criminal offenses that arise out of domestic disputes. The following offenses are some of the Beverly Hills domestic violence-related charges that can be filed by prosecutors:
Penal Code Section 240 PC, Penal Code Section 241(a) PC – Beverly Hills Simple Assault
Penal Code Section PC, Penal Code 243(e)(1) PC – Beverly Hills Battery
Penal Code Section 273.5(a) PC – Beverly Hills Corporal Injury to Spouse
Penal Code Section 422 PC – Beverly Hills Criminal Threats
Penal Code Section 273.6(a) PC – Disobeying a Domestic Relations Court Order which occurs in Beverly Hills
Penal Code Section 136.1(b)(1) PC – Beverly Hills Dissuading a Witness from Reporting a Crime
Penal Code Section 591 PC – Damage to a Telephone or Cable Line in Beverly Hills, California
Penal Code Section 653m(a) PC – Making an Annoying Phone Call to Beverly Hills or in Beverly Hills
The way that courts and legislators treat domestic violence offenses has shifted over the years due to the work of many interest groups. Law enforcement in Beverly Hills will not hesitate to intervene in any instance in which Domestic Violence is even suspected. Police must make an arrest any time they are called to a reported domestic violence incident. As a result, minor incidents involving arguments or slight physical contact can result in someone being arrested, booked into jail and charged with a criminal offense.
Many victim's rights groups have convinced legislators and politicians that all incidents of domestic violence are brutal events that ultimately lead to domestic murder. In reality, Beverly Hills Domestic Violence incidents are more complicated. Domestic incidents are often isolated incidents between couples in which a normal dispute has been aggravated by factors such as alcohol and high tempers. Many of these incidents would have likely resolved themselves, however once police have been called the incident is often out of the couple's control. With emotions still running high, angry and bitter individuals may exaggerate or lie to the police so that their partner gets in trouble. In these cases, the accuser will often regret what they have told police once emotions have calmed. In addition, responding police may exaggerate the extent of injuries observed or what was told to them.
Many of the Beverly Hills Domestic Violence charges listed above originate from incidents of mutual combat. While this may be the case, when police are called and respond to the scene of an incident, it is typically the case that one of the two parties will be arrested, taken to jail and charged criminally. After emotions and tempers have calmed, the accuser often regrets whatever they told the police that subsequently got their partner in trouble. Unfortunately, once criminal charges have been filed, a “victim” cannot simply drop the charges, and prosecutors proceed on domestic violence cases even where the victim does not want to go forward.
Many of the Beverly Hills Domestic Violence crimes listed above are “wobblers.” This means that a prosecutor can charge the offense as either a felony or a misdemeanor.
Felony charges are typically filed when there are serious injuries or when the person is arrested by the police for a felony. When injuries are significant, a conviction for a Beverly Hills Domestic Violence offense can count as a strike under California’s Three Strikes law, and this conviction can be used to enhance punishments in future cases.
Beverly Hills Domestic Violence felonies can include custody confinement in jail or prison, restitution, fines, and mandatory domestic violence counseling. In some cases, the Court may issue a restraining order preventing any contact with the victim, including third party contact and electronic messages.
If you or a loved one have been arrested or is under investigation for a Beverly Hills Domestic Violence offense, it is critical that you contact a Beverly Hills Domestic Violence attorney immediately. Beverly Hills Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Michael Kraut is highly experienced at representing clients charged with offenses of this nature. Once Mr. Kraut is retained, he can immediately start working on your case to present a defense to police even before the case has been submitted for criminal filing. In many cases, the early efforts of Mr. Kraut have resulted in cases being declined or charges being significantly reduced.
As a former Deputy District Attorney with over 14 years of prosecutorial experience, Mr. Kraut is highly regarded throughout the court system as a knowledgeable and experienced litigator who provides his clients the best defense possible.
For more information about Beverly Hills Domestic Violence, and to schedule your free consultation, contact Beverly Hills Domestic Violence Attorney Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group located 8484 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 660B, Beverly Hills, CA 90211-3220. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 310-550-6935.