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!