Domestic violence laws encompass what has become knows as “dating violence” or “teen dating violence.” The abuse can involve physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual; or involve stalking, texting, or posting of pictures online.
It includes relationships between current or ex- dating partners.
For example, a woman who pushes or shoves her boyfriend during an argument could face jail time.
Minor acts like hair pulling or scratching the skin can trigger a domestic battery charge.
The victim of the alleged violence does not have to formally press charges for you to be arrested and charged.
There is not one domestic violence law in California.
Youths under 12 will need a parent or guardian to request a restraining order.
Police can issue an emergency protective order lasting for a few days at any time.
Arrest is mandatory in all cases where there is probable cause to believe domestic violence has occurred – and the charge initially is likely to be a felony.
Whether you are charged with domestic battery or domestic violence often means the difference between facing a misdemeanor or a felony conviction.