Domestic Violence Attorney in Redwood City
Experienced Lawyer for Complex Situations
Although most people recognize that domestic violence is a real problem, not every person charged with domestic violence is guilty. Wrongful or extreme accusations can lead to criminal convictions and a host of negative consequences that can impact nearly every area of your life. At the Law Offices of M. Gabriela Guraiib, our Redwood City domestic violence lawyer is a former public defender and uses this varied experience to help our clients navigate the process.
Domestic Violence Charges
In many cases, a minor argument can escalate and result in a call to police and an arrest. Often, these family disputes work themselves out, but when the police become involved, someone usually ends up arrested and charged with a crime. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to lie and law enforcement may exaggerate the situation in their reports. Later, alleged victims may wish to drop the charges, but prosecutors often pursue convictions.
Presenting Your Side of the Story
In California, domestic violence is a “wobbler,” which means it can be either a misdemeanor or felony charge. Generally, minor injuries or no injuries result in misdemeanor charges. A felony charge will result when the victim sustains lacerations, broken bones, or other serious injuries. If you are convicted of a felony, you may be facing a variety of criminal penalties.
A felony domestic violence charge may result in:
- A jail sentence
- A counseling class
In addition to the criminal penalties, the court may decide to issue a restraining order. This means you may not have any contact with the victim. When a couple shares children, the restraining order can be problematic and may result in limited or no contact with your kids. Our Redwood City domestic violence attorney works to achieve the best outcome depending on the specific situation you are facing, sometimes charges are reduced and even dismissed depending on the circumstances of the case.