After A Domestic Violence Arrest

Serious domestic violence and child abuse happens every day but, an angry fight often turns into an even worse situation with the police and the courts. Sadly, there are also many cases where an angry parent or partner has chosen to use the police and court system to try and gain leverage over another person by making false or exaggerated claims. For these situations, you need domestic violence attorney Joseph T. Rhea.

Attorney Rhea is a former Domestic Violence Deputy Public Defender and the only practicing California criminal defense trial attorney with a doctorate from Harvard University. Mr. Rhea worked in the specialty court which hears domestic violence cases and has tried and defended hundreds of domestic violence and child abuse cases. Some of his recent successes can be viewed in Past Results. Every case is unique, and Mr. Rhea will work with you personally to mount the best possible defense.

Call Joshua Tree Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph T. Rhea at (760) 327-3711 to schedule a free consultation.

Whether that first call to the police was made out of simple anger, or to gain a legal advantage, the person arrested is facing jail or prison, and the potential loss of his or her family. If convicted of felony domestic violence you will lose the right to vote and the right to own a firearm — for life. You will also be essentially unemployable. If convicted of felony child abuse, you will almost certainly receive years in prison and, depending on the circumstances, lifetime registration as a sex offender. When you are accused of a crime of domestic violence or child abuse, defending the criminal case must be your very first priority. For this, you need domestic violence attorney Joseph T. Rhea.

For any of the following situations, the firm is available to diligently represent you:

Domestic violence and child abuse crimes are taken extremely seriously by law enforcement and courts alike. Incredibly, many individuals who have done nothing wrong, or very little, find themselves on trial for their future. Don’t let your life be ruined by a simple misunderstanding, an outright lie, or a situation that has been blown out of proportion. An experienced domestic violence lawyer can help you avoid the worst consequences. Call our office as soon as possible.

Domestic violence is defined under California law as “abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship.” Penal Code Section 137000(b). Child abuse, in turn, encompasses acts ranging from negligence (such as leaving a child in a car unsupervised) [Penal Code Section 273(a)], actual physical abuse [Penal Code Section 273(d)], and sexual molestation [Penal Code Section 288].

California Penal Code Sections

More information about specific California Penal Code Sections:

California Penal Code 136.1 – Intimidation of a Victim or Witness
California Penal Code 236 – False Imprisonment
California Penal Code 240 – Assault
California Penal Code 242 – Battery
California Penal Code 243(e)(1) – Spousal Battery
California Penal Code 243.4 – Sexual Battery
California Penal Code 273a – Child Endangerment
California Penal Code 273d – Child Abuse
California Penal Code 273.5 – Spousal Abuse
California Penal Code 422 – Criminal Threats
California Penal Code 591.5 – Destroying a Telephone


Call Joshua Tree Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph T. Rhea at (760) 327-3711 to schedule a free consultation.