Your Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney for Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence occurs when someone uses or threatens to use physical force against an intimate partner.
For example, an intimate partner could be any of the following.
- Either a current spouse or a former spouse.
- Both current and former registered domestic partners.
- A current or former romantic partner still living in the same place.
- Either a current or former fiancé.
- Also, a co-parent.
- Both serious dating partners and former serious dating partners.
- Either the mother or father of the defendant’s child.
Additionally, under the California Family Code, two more categories may be considered in domestic violence cases.
- The defendant’s child.
- A person related, within the second degree, to the defendant. That is, by blood or marriage.
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Types of Domestic Violence that May Bring Charges
Since there are various types of domestic violence, the penalties vary. However, the most common domestic violence crimes include the following.
- Corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant.
- Both child abuse and child neglect.
- Domestic battery: abuse against someone with whom you’ve either had or have an intimate, domestic relationship.
- Child endangerment occurs when someone willfully brings either pain, suffering or danger to a child.
- Criminal threats occur when someone threatens to either physically harm or kill someone. Plus, the person being threatened is reasonably frightened for either his or her safety, or for the safety of his or her immediate family. The threat is specific and indisputable. Additionally, the threat is communicated either verbally, written or through an electronic device.
- Stalking is both unwanted and repeated surveillance by an individual or group.
Have you been legally accused of committing domestic violence? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.
Your Defense Attorney for Domestic Violence Charges
I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Violent Felonies, Federal Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Violent Crimes, Murder, Gang Crimes and Sex Crimes to name a few.
About Mark Broughton:
Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:
Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. Accordingly, he has conducted over 200 jury trials. Not only DUIs, drug cases, sex cases and domestic violence but also assaults, “three-strikes” cases and dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs. Also, gun/deadly weapons cases, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders and murders. Additionally, situations including special circumstance murder cases. He has received many outright, not guilty verdicts for his clients. And that’s in all of these types of cases. Plus several murder cases. Between 2005-2007, juries found his clients not guilty in four separate cases in a row.
Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California. Additionally, he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.
- Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
- Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
- Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients. Therefore, he sees every individual’s situation not only with compassion but also with empathy. Moreover, Mark believes that people deserve the right to a fair trial. Plus they are innocent until proven guilty.
He, in addition, enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, i.e., going through the challenging criminal process.
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- White Collar Crime 20%
- Violent Crime 20%
- Criminal Defense 10%
- Sex Crimes 10%