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12 Aug

What Is Domestic Violence?

Posted by David Jones on Aug 12, 2019


Domestic violence is typically defined as physical or sexual violence that is perpetrated by a spouse, roommate, girlfriend/boyfriend, a cohabitant, previous cohabitant, or anyone with an intimate relationship with the victim that would fall under the criminal domestic violence statute. Domestic violence crimes usually involve acts that are considered assault, battery, or sex crimes. 

The major factor that determines if a charge is an assault or domestic violence is whether the injury or harm is coming from a person they believe they are close to or trust and in certain situations are vulnerable.

The relationship between the person being charged and the inured person is crucial to a domestic violence charge. 

For example, if an ex-girlfriend is being charged for domestic violence, she must either have a child with the person injured or at one point have lived with the person injured.  If she was not a former spouse, does not have a child with the injured person, or has never lived with the injured person, she cannot be charged for domestic violence.

An experienced defense attorney can prepare strong cases to defend against domestic violence charges. Jones Law has extensive knowledge and expertise in domestic violence cases.  Let us use our knowledge to defend your rights and freedom.

David Jones

David E. Jones is a Central Valley area DUI and criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of DUI and other crimes in both state and federal court. Mr. Jones has practiced criminal law throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties since 1996. Mr. Jones was a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County 12 years and has been an instructor for the Police Academy for over 10 years. He is an experienced and respected trial attorney.

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