Relationships are seldom conflict-free. All couples have their problems and disagreements, but even if such issues become irreconcilable, it’s always best for all involved to find civil means of resolution. Unfortunately, sometimes emotions can run high and partners can do things that are regrettable.

California has extensive laws pertaining to acts of domestic violence. And those who are accused of committing such acts could face very serious penalties. These penalties include jail time and even loss of parental rights. And while these laws are intended to protect people from abuse, they can also be misused as a means of exacting revenge or inflicting punishment.

If you have been at the receiving end of domestic violence allegations, it is imperative that you form a strong defense to protect your interests. So how can you defend yourself against such serious charges? Well, your circumstances will likely dictate your best strategy, but there are several basic forms of defense you may wish to explore.

For instance, if during the incident in question you responded with some measure of force because you felt you were in imminent danger, you may be able to argue that your part in the event was an act of self-defense. A similar defense could also apply if you acted to protect your children. But in such cases, you must not have initiated the event. Also, your response cannot exceed the level of the threat posed. 

Claiming self-defense is just one possible avenue you could take to fight domestic violence charges. But with so much at stake, it is important that you choose the best possible defense for your circumstances. 

A California criminal defense attorney may be able to help you decide on the course of action that is it most likely to yield your best possible outcome. The attorney could represent your interests and protect your rights throughout the entire legal process.