Accused of Threatening and Intimidating Others? Learn How Our Hands-On Legal Team May Be Able To Help You

Threats & Intimidation

Newport Beach Domestic Violence Attorney

In addition to actual physical violence, domestic violence can also take the form of threats and intimidation. It is against the law to make threats to commit a crime that would, if acted upon, result in another person's great bodily injury or death, according to California Penal Code §422. A person can be charged with the offense of making a criminal threat even if he or she does not actually plan to act upon it. This type of threat can be made verbally, in writing or even through electronic means.

In order for the alleged offender's statement to be deemed a criminal threat, it must be specific. Furthermore, it must have reasonably caused the victim to fear for his or her safety, or for the safety of his or her immediate family. Upon conviction, this offense of making criminal threats is punishable by up to a year in jail, or by a prison term. When one person threatens to harm his or her current or former romantic partner, family member or household member, the offense becomes a matter of domestic violence and could potentially leader to harsher penalties. Threats can be a form of intimidation, as can other actions that place a victim in fear for his or her safety, such as stalking.

At the Law Office of Frances Prizzia, our Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer is here to help individuals who have been accused of threatening and intimidating others with whom they share a domestic relationship. If you are facing these types of allegations, we advise you to bring your criminal matter to our firm immediately.

Possibility of Restraining Orders

When someone is accused of threatening or intimidating another person in a way that causes that individual fear of harm, the alleged offender could become subject to a restraining order. When a restraining order is issued, the alleged offender is prohibited from contacting or coming near the alleged victim. This could potentially disrupt the alleged offender's living situations, his or her work or travel routine, and even the ability to be around his or her children. If the restraining order is violated, the alleged offender can face certain criminal repercussions.

Presenting Your Side of the Story

When a person is arrested and charged for allegedly making threats to harm another person, that individual can end up with a conviction that will result in harmful penalties. Our law firm can help you present your side of the story before the judge so that you can a have a fair chance at protecting your freedom.

Contact our firm today to schedule a free case consultation with our competent Newport Beach domestic violence attorney! We handle cases throughout Southern California.

Track Record of Success

Take a Look at Our Most Recent Victories
  • Case Won DMV hearing win on a 0.20 blood alcohol level in a DUI case
  • Case Dropped to Misdemeanor DUI With Injuries
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty in 20 minutes on 4 counts of forgery on 2 different victims, even with a client's own confession!
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty verdict after only 30 minutes of jury deliberation in a vandalism case
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty verdict in an assault and battery case even after eyewitness testimony!
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty verdict in DUI 0.25 Blood Alcohol Level (BAC)
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty verdict on DUI with injuries, where client had a strike prior and was on felony probation!
  • Dismissed Probation Termination - People v. Gustavo C.
  • Dismissed Dismissed - People v. Richard R.
  • Dismissed Dismissed - Impersonating a Peace Officer

Why Choose Us?

Top Reasons Why We Should Be Your First Call
  • Over a Decade of Experience

  • Successfully Handled Hundreds of Cases

  • Hands-On Approach to Each Case

  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers

  • Free Initial Case Evaluations

  • Fluent in Spanish and Tagalog

  • Payment Plans Available

  • Voted Client's Choice by Avvo

Our Commitment to Excellence

  • Distiguised Counsel
  • national trial lawyers
  • American Institute of Criminal Law
  • Avvo Client Choice Award (2012-2016)
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • The  National Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers