The Chicago Bears released its former defensive end Ray McDonald after the player was arrested on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment. In the previous year, the beleaguered player also faced charges of sexual assault and domestic violence involving a pregnant partner, but the charges were dropped for lack of evidence.
While social media comments lean negatively against him, the football player, is entitled to the same criminal defenses as we all are, prior any potential conviction being handed down.
If you are charged with domestic violence or abuse, it’s important to immediately consult a criminal defense attorney who can take steps to protect your rights and your future.
Domestic Violence in California
Not all arguments between couples constitute domestic violence. In the State of California, the California Family Code Section 6203 contains the Domestic Violence Prevention Act. By law, domestic abuse is defined as an attempt to cause physical, emotional, or sexual injury on someone with whom one has an intimate relationship.
While rape and murder can constitute drastic types of domestic abuse, non-sexual and non-physical assaults may also fall under the legal definition of abuse. Thus, slapping, pushing, stalking, and emotional abuse may also be punished as domestic violence.
Steps to Take in Domestic Violence Case
Write Down the Details
The first thing to do when faced with a domestic violence charge is to start a written record of the chronological events leading to the incident. Write down the facts, identifying details such as date, time, and place, and other relevant information that you can recall. Writing down any relevant history of the incident may also help in your defense.
Call an Attorney
Domestic violence may be punished with jail time and steep fines. The conviction may also appear in public records that can adversely affect your employment and leasing opportunities. When charged with domestic violence, it’s important to call a criminal defense attorney who can raise all possible defenses and obtain a favorable outcome in your situation.
In Los Angeles, California, the law office of David S. Kestenbaum has over 30 years of criminal defense experience, helping clients obtain acquittals, reduced penalties, or lowered charges in plea-bargaining. Our office has access to a network of qualified private investigators, medical professionals, psychiatrists, and other experts who can testify in support of your case.
We welcome your call to our offices today at (818) 616-4312 to speak to an attorney immediately about your situation.