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Frequently Asked Questions on Domestic Violence


Contact a Riverside Domestic Violence Attorney to get your questions answered regarding domestic violence laws and legal proceedings.
  • What is domestic violence?

    Domestic violence encompasses various forms of abuse inflicted on a spouse, ex-spouse, cohabitant, boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, parent, child or other family member. It includes threats, intimidation and harassment, as well as physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional and sexual abuse.

  • What is domestic battery?

    Domestic battery is force or violence inflicted on a domestic partner, intimate partner, cohabitant or family member. A person can be charged with the crime of domestic battery even when there is no visible sign of injury.

  • What are the penalties for a conviction in a domestic violence case?

    The penalties for a domestic violence case will depend on the circumstances of the crime, including the severity of any injuries that were inflicted. A guilty verdict in a domestic violence case can result in probation, jail time, fines, restitution, court-ordered counseling, and sex offender registration if the offense included sexual misconduct. A restraining order can also be issued by the court to prevent any further contact with the victim.

  • What is a restraining order?

    A restraining order prohibits a person from physically contacting or communicating with the individual who requested the order. This includes verbal communication, phone calls, letters and emails, as well as relaying communication through another individual. Restraining orders are usually issued on a temporary basis when first requested. A hearing is then scheduled to determine if the order should be permanent.

  • Why do I need an attorney?

    Domestic violence is a serious criminal offense that can create a significant impact on your life even before the case goes to trial. A restraining order will oftentimes be issued to prevent any further contact between the two parties involved in the case. If you currently live with the person that is accusing you of domestic violence and requesting the restraining order, you will be required to relocate. Obtaining professional representation from a Riverside domestic violence attorney at Law Offices of Paul Grech is an important first step in fighting the charges against you. Early intervention and representation by a qualified attorney can be critical to your defense and the outcome of your case.

“When you are accused of a crime it’s easy to feel embarrassed, alone, and overwhelmed. I stand by my clients in their hour of need and fight hard for their rights.”

- Paul Grech, Partner
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