Domestic Violence in Orange County cases are on the rise unfortunately for all parties involved. You may be wondering what happens in an Orange County spousal abuse or domestic violence case.
When the police respond to any serious domestic violence, they are transported to the police station to be processed and questioned. Due to COVID-19, some arrestees in Orange County are currently not taken to the police station but instead given a Promise to Appear and told that they can contact the court or prosecutor to find out their court date at a later time.
Regardless of whether the police give you paperwork where you are or arrest you and book you at the police station, the most important thing to remember is not to make a statement to the police about what happened.
After being arrested, you will either be released with a court date and a set of conditions to follow, or if a felony, you could be held for your arraignment and have bail argued. In court, you will either have a bail hearing where the prosecutor asks for your detention or you will be released on bail.
Unless there are serious injuries in the domestic violence case, or you have a previous record of similar offenses, you may be released with a set of conditions, including complying with a protective order keeping you from contacting the alleged victim.
If you are released, you will almost certainly be prohibited from contacting your spouse/partner or going home. You will need to make other arrangements as far as where to live.
After your arraignment bail hearing, the next court date will be your first pretrial. For your Orange County Domestic Violence Lawyer, this is his or her chance to discuss details in the police report and any other evidence regarding the allegations against you. That might include a discussion about how the facts help you, or how there might be information not in the report. If you don’t already have a lawyer, you should call one at this point.
Your lawyer will go through the particulars and begin having discussions with the prosecutor, which may end up in a settlement offer – a plea bargain. The next weeks and months will determine whether your case will go to trial. Your DV lawyer will walk you through all of your options and advocate for your file to be resolved or maybe recommend a trial.
Contact our law firm if you need help with an Orange County Domestic Violence case.