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Why Am I Facing Domestic Abuse Charges If Things Never Got Physical?

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San Jose domestic abuse defense lawyerAbuse is something that no one should have to experience. It can leave lasting damage, physically, mentally, and emotionally. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, approximately 24 people per minute are victims of physical violence, rape, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. That equates to more than 12 million men and women over a year’s time. The term “domestic abuse” sounds physical, but it actually encompasses a number of different things. In other words, if you have engaged in any of the following forms of abuse, you could face charges related to domestic abuse.

Different Forms of Abuse

There are various forms of abuse that can lead to criminal charges, even if no physical altercations occurred. Before understanding which actions can lead to charges, one should know the different types of abuse, aside from physical abuse, to identify toxic behavior:

  • Sexual Abuse - This form of abuse is often attributed to physical harm in a sexual manner, but there can be non-physical components. Aside from rape and forced sexual acts, this abuse can also include severe criticism or humiliation from a partner based on sexual performance. Tampering with birth control may also be considered sexual abuse.
  • Verbal/Emotional Abuse - Verbal abuse involves the use of words and phrases to control a partner. This may include threats or threats. This type of abuse can be equally harmful as physical abuse even though no physical harm is done. 
  • Psychological Abuse - This is similar to verbal abuse in that it often includes harmful words from one partner to another. Making a partner feel “crazy” is one of the common ways this form of abuse is done. It can undermine the individual’s sense of self and reality.

What Does California Law Say?

In California, there are four definitions for domestic violence, some of which do not require physical harm to occur at all. If you have done any of the following actions, you have subjected your partner to domestic violence:

  • You physically harmed someone or tried to intentionally or reckless hurt them.
  • You have sexually assaulted them.
  • You made them reasonably afraid that you would seriously harm them.
  • You stalked, threatened, harassed, hit, destroyed their belongings, or disturbed their peace.

Call a San Jose Domestic Abuse Defense Lawyer

Because domestic abuse leaves long-lasting effects on the victims, the state of California takes all allegations seriously, even those that do not involve violent altercations. A domestic violence conviction can mean misdemeanor or felony charges on your criminal record depending on the situation. In order to avoid a future challenged by criminal charges, finding an experienced defense attorney is crucial. If you are facing domestic violence charges of any kind, contact a skilled California domestic violence defense attorney at the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson. Call 408-246-3004 for a free consultation.




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