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Threats & Intimidation

Orange County Domestic Violence Lawyer

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 Orange County domestic violence 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.

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