Domestic Violence

If you are in immediate danger, you should call 911 or contact the local authorities immediately.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a category of crime that is considered an aggressive, violent or excessive behavior within the home that involves the abuse of another in the home. The most common types of domestic violence or abuse is child abuse, spousal abuse, and elder abuse. Read on to learn more about each type of abuse that is common.

Child Abuse

Child abuse (Penal Code 273d) is the maltreatment or neglect of children, either physically, sexually or emotionally. Any action (or lack of action) enacted by a parent or caregiver upon a child or children that causes an injury (internal or external) can result in a prosecution. Child abuse prosecutions can be filed as either a misdemeanor or felony with varying degrees of punishment (1‐6 years or greater of jail or prison time).

Child abuse is broken down into four primary categories:

  • Neglect,
  • Physical Abuse,
  • Psychological (or) Emotional Abuse and,
  • Sexual Abuse

It is possible and not uncommon for adults to be falsely accused of child abuse as a result of normal childhood accidents. If you’ve been charged with child abuse, give us a call and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your case.

Spousal Abuse

Spousal Abuse (Penal Code 273.5) is another form of domestic abuse that is categorized as the violence or abuse inflicted on a spouse within a marriage. Like other forms of domestic violence, spousal abuse can be either physical or emotional. A more severe case of spousal abuse, called aggravated physical abuse, involves a deadly weapon to cause harm, injury or damage by the accused.

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse (Penal Code 368) encompasses the physical and emotional abuse, neglect, endangerment or financial exploitation of a senior citizen (aged 65 years or older). This type of abuse is considered unjustifiable, and punishments against an accused individual who has engaged in elder abuse can be far more severe than other forms of domestic violence.

Other Types of Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Battery (PC 243(e)(1))
  • Corporal Injury (PC 273.5)
  • Criminal Threats (PC 422)
  • Child Endangerment(PC 273a)
  • Violation of Restraining Order (PC 273.6)

If you are dealing with a legal matter that relates to a criminal charge, the process can be overwhelming and stressful. If you have never experienced it before, it can be especially daunting and difficult to get through on your own.


Having been accused of a crime, regardless of whether or not you were involved in the act of the offense, can put your future at risk. It is important to take action immediately and not delay with finding an attorney or law firm to help. For those facing prosecution in Placer County, we can assist you with every step of the process.

If you’ve been accused of a criminal crime, regardless if it is related to domestic violence or not, give the Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau a call and we’ll let you know what we can do to help. We operate within Placer County and assist the accused in the cities of Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln, Granite Bay, and other nearby cities.

The sooner you take action, the sooner that you’ll be able to make headway on resolving your situation to move on with your life.