Domestic Violence FAQ

Counsel from a Redwood City Domestic Violence Lawyer

Domestic violence is a very personal crime that can do damage to your future, your relationships, and your freedom. Many individuals who have been charged with this crime or are currently being investigated may be unaware of the consequences they can face.

At Nicholson Law Offices, we have nearly two decades of experience and understand the minute details associated with domestic violence cases. Our Redwood City domestic violence lawyer can assess your situation and propose a plan that will work in your best interests. For helpful answers to your questions, take a look below, or give us a call! We offer evening and weekend appointments.

What happens if I violate my restraining order?
The court expects individuals to abide by the terms of their restraining order and if they are violated, penalties can occur. For a first offense, you may be charged with a misdemeanor, fines up to $1,000, and up to one year in jail. If an injury occurred, your sentence may be increased significantly.

Is stalking the same thing as harassment?
While stalking is one form of harassment, there are many others that are also considered harassment. These can include making violent threats, domestic battery or assault, and repeated communication after requests to stop.

What will I be charged with for domestic battery?
Domestic battery offenses are typically classified as misdemeanors, but some repeat offenses or extremely violent cases of domestic battery may escalate to felony offenses. You could be penalized with up to one year in jail, restitution, a restraining order, and up to $2,000 in fines.

Do I have to physically hurt a child to be charged with child endangerment?
No. The court may find you guilty of child endangerment for other reasons, such as leaving a dangerous weapon in reach of a child or failing to provide proper medical care for an ill child.

What happens if the restraining order against me is dropped?
In many cases, a temporary restraining order cannot be dropped and must be fulfilled. In other circumstances, however, the court will have to approve the request before changing the status of your order. It is best to wait until you hear an official word from the court regarding the terms of your restraining order before acting.

Is domestic violence a felony?
The crime of domestic violence encompasses many other offenses, including disorderly conduct, stalking, assault, intimidation, harassment, and domestic battery. Your crime may be considered a felony depending on the seriousness of your situation, but it is up to the discretion of the court.

Contact a domestic violence lawyer in Redwood City today and schedule your free consultation!