California Domestic Violence cases can have far reaching consequences for all of the parties involved. As a former domestic violence prosecutor I understand the complexities of these cases, and will stand by your side and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.

When police respond to a California domestic violence call they are mandated to make an arrest if probable cause exists. Often an allegation alone can be enough for an officer to make the arrest. Once an arrest is made, a mandatory restraining order is issued against the accused, which typically results in them being kicked out of their own home.

The District Attorney will be sent the police reports, and often relies solely on these reports to make a decision regarding filing charges.

What is Domestic Violence

Typical relationships that warrant a California domestic violence arrest include; husband/wife, domestic partner or other live-in companion, a present or past dating relationship, and family members.

California Domestic Violence Penalties

Domestic violence charges are typically “wobblers”, which means that the prosecutor can file them as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

The District Attorney’s office has a policy not to dismiss domestic violence cases once charges have been filed, and a criminal conviction for domestic battery, domestic assault, or criminal threats in California may result in jail time for a misdemeanor or prison for a felony, 52 weeks of mandatory domestic violence counseling sessions, probation, substantial fines, a stay away order, a temporary restraining order, mandatory alcohol classes, loss of your right to possess a firearm and other punishments pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.097.

It is important to note that a domestic violence conviction within seven years of a prior conviction, qualifying prior prison terms, or strikes on your record can substantially increase penalties and will require you to serve  jail time.

For the aforementioned reasons it is important to hire a skilled and knowledgeable domestic violence attorney to handle your case. With a skilled defense attorney you will stand the best chance of having your bail reduced, the restraining order removed, and achieving an optimal outcome in your case. As a former domestic violence prosecutor I will zealously fight from start to finish to get you the best results possible.

As a former domestic violence prosecutor, I handle a variety of California Domestic Violence charges, including:

Domestic Battery (Penal Code 243(e)(1))

Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant (Penal Code 273.5)

Criminal Threats (Penal Code 422)

Child Endangerment (Penal Code 273a) 

Child Abuse (Penal Code 273d)

Contact Us Now

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges I invite you to contact the Law Office of Miles Booth by calling 424 272 1134 or emailing me at

I will provide you with a free case evaluation to help you determine the best available options for your case, as well as what steps we can take to help ensure your freedom.