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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is when someone uses or threatens to use physical force against an intimate partner.
An intimate partner could be:

  • A current or former spouse
  • A current or former registered domestic partner
  • A current or former romantic partner that lives in the same place
  • A current or former fiancé
  • A co-parent
  • A serious dating partner or former serious dating partner
  • The mother or father of the defendant’s child

Under the California Family Code, there are two other categories of people who can be potential victims of domestic violence.

  • The defendant’s child
  • A person related within the second degree to the defendant by blood or marriage


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Types of Domestic Violence

There are lots of different types of domestic violence so the penalties vary. The most common domestic violence crimes include:

  • Corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant
  • Domestic battery
  • Child abuse
  • Child endangerment
  • Child neglect
  • Criminal threats
  • Stalking
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Legal Defenses for Domestic Violence

Since some domestic violence crimes don’t need to have actual physical injuries, such as domestic battery, it’s common for people to be falsely accused. An intimate partner may want revenge or may be jealous and accuse you a domestic violence even if you’ve done nothing wrong.

Perhaps, your partner was injured by you, but it wasn’t intentional. In order to be guilty of domestic violence, you have to have the intent to injure the other person.

It’s possible that your partner became injured but it wasn’t by you.

If your partner started attacking you or someone else, and you acted in self-defense with reasonable force to stop them, then you should not be guilty of domestic violence.

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 an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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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 Crimes such as Gang Crimes, Gun Charges, Domestic Violence, and Kidnapping to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury 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, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • 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.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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