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Defending Your Rights

Domestic violence refers to a type of offense perpetrated against someone with whom you share a close relationship. Therefore, domestic violence is an area of criminal law that actually includes many different offenses. It is the relationship between the parties that elevates the offense to “domestic violence.”

Relevance of the Relationship Between Defendant and Accuser

Domestic violence can refer to a single act of physical, emotional, sexual or even financial violence against the victim. In most cases, the victim will point to a cycle of violence between the parties.

You might be charged with either misdemeanor or felony domestic violence under Section 273.5 of the California Penal Code if the alleged victim was:

A spouse or former spouse

A romantic partner

A former dating partner

A cohabitant or former cohabitant (roommate)

The parent of your child

Joel C. Renk handles all types of domestic violence cases, including:

Domestic battery

Criminal threats




Violating a protective order

Child abuse

Child endangerment

Elder abuse

Attorney in Charge

Lea Tleaat

Joel C. Renk, Esq.

Criminal Defense

Mr. Renk has represented 1000s of clients over his career, including those charged with misdemeanors such as DUI, driving under the influence, assault, battery, and vandalism to felonies such as murder, manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, attempted murder, mayhem, torture, kidnapping, robbery, carjacking, false imprisonment, felony assault, rape, unlawful sodomy, oral copulation or foreign penetration, lewd acts on a child, child endangerment, domestic violence, felony threats, grand theft, grand theft auto, identity theft, receiving stolen property, fraud, drug charges, gang charges/enhancements, and unlawful possession of firearms/ammunition.


Domestic Violence Charges

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