A former University of Arizona track coach has denied allegations of sexual assault and domestic abuse brought by a former student with whom he had entered into a relationship.

He has fiercely denied the claims and has maintained his innocence, arguing that his relationship with his accuser was consensual.

Accused of Domestic Violence?

Even if you have never done anything wrong, you can still be accused of domestic violence. In the state of California, domestic violence is defined as any attempt to cause sexual assault, injury, or emotional or physical harassment on a person. These types of cases are often defined by the close, often familial nature of the relationship between the accused and the accuser.

Being accused of domestic abuse is no small matter. The penalties associated with these types of charges can be severe, ranging from substantial fines to several years in prison. Depending on the situation, a court may also offer a restraining order to prohibit contact between the accused, the accuser and any minor children involved.

Domestic Violence By the Numbers

Unfortunately, domestic violence cases are not uncommon. According to recent estimates from the United States’ Attorney General, over the last year, there were:

  • 157,634 domestic violence calls made in California
  • 63,549 incidents involving a weapon, including a gun or knife
  • 50,433 disputes involving a personal weapon, such as striking another with feet or hands

It’s important to note, however, that not all domestic violence cases involve physical or sexual harm. Many of these types of situations can involve emotional or psychological abuse, including manipulation, public humiliation, aggressive control, and insults.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is always in your best interest to contact a qualified attorney. Due to the complex nature of these types of cases, it’s important to enlist the guidance of a lawyer with proven success in domestic violence defense.

Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

For those residing in Southern California, including the City of Los Angeles, the criminal defense attorneys at Kestenbaum Law Group are proud to serve as legal advocates for those facing criminal charges, including charges related to domestic violence.

Our team of highly skilled attorneys will work closely with you to conduct an in-depth investigation into your charges and determine the best legal strategy for your defense. Regardless of whether you have been wrongly accused or are guilty of the charges against you, our firm is committed to providing the best possible defense to your case.

To get started, we invite you to contact our law office today at (818) 616-4312 to schedule a preliminary consultation to assess your case.