Domestic Violence

Santa Ana Domestic Violence Lawyers

Assault, battery or criminal threat against a fiancé, spouse, cohabitant, partner or child is a more serious allegation in California than ordinary assault battery or criminal threat.

Most district attorney offices in Orange County, California have special units that are dedicated to prosecuting charges and allegations of domestic violence. Prosecution will typically proceed with domestic violence investigations and cases, even if the accuser of domestic violence insists that charges shouldn’t be pressed. Incarceration for domestic violence abuse convictions are typical, even for first-time offenders, regardless if a felony or misdemeanor. Since domestic violence is such a sensitive issue, it is important that you call Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke to represent you, especially if prosecution insists to investigate after recanting statements.

Innocent People Get Accused

Many times, innocent individuals are wrongly accused of domestic violence. Throughout Orange County and throughout California, an accuser will make a false allegation of domestic violence because of an overriding factor, like anger or jealousy, out of spite for the individual in question. Oftentimes, the accuser will allege domestic violence to gain an in-court advantage for divorce or child custody proceedings. Other times, simple accidents are misconstrued as domestic violence situations. The criminal defense attorneys at Corrigan | Welbourn | Stock will defend you and make sure that your rights are protected, and your life can get back to normal.

California Domestic Violence Laws

Using physical force or communicating threats of harm against an intimate partner is illegal throughout Orange County, California and the United States. Listed below are the most common domestic violence crimes:

Domestic Violence and Immigration Issues | Orange County Criminal Defense

Domestic violence laws throughout Orange County, California pose a serious issue for non-citizen immigrants in the United States. Many domestic violence offences are based off of moral turpitude, and being convicted of a domestic violence charge will result in deportation. Non-citizens who are accused of domestic violence charges need to contact the criminal defense attorneys at Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke for effective legal representation. Individuals may lose their opportunity to remain in the United States, and will lose the ability to naturalize.


California Domestic Violence Penalties & Sentencing

The penalty, punishment and sentencing for crimes under California domestic violence law varies depending on (1) the seriousness of the injuries, if any, and (2) the defendant’s criminal record. But most counties impose a minimum 30 days jail, even for first-time misdemeanor convictions. And judges almost always require the defendant to attend a 52-week domestic batterers class.
Worst of all, a California domestic violence conviction goes on one’s permanent criminal record…and will surface anytime someone does a routine background check. This can make it difficult to gain employment, state licensing and other benefits. It is imperative to hire an experienced and aggressive Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney from Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke to represent you.

Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke is located in Orange County and represents surrounding areas including Newport Beach, Westminster, Santa Ana, and Fullerton. Call Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke today to schedule a free case evaluation.