Domestic Violence Offenses & the New CA Firearms Law
Mar 20, 2019
The start of 2019 ushered in several new gun laws here in California. One of the bills signed into law, Assembly Bill 3129, prohibits anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense from owning a firearm for the rest of their life.
The new law covers any domestic violence convictions that occur on or after January 1st, 2019. An existing state law already prohibited anyone with a felony conviction from owning firearms. Violating the new firearms law can result in jail or prison time and a fine.
What is Considered Domestic Violence in California?
In the state of California, the courts define domestic violence as "abuse or threats of abuse when the person being abused and the abuser":
- are or have been involved in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating, or parenting a child
- are related closely by blood
- are related through marriage
The abuse does not have to be physical in nature. Domestic abuse can also be emotional or psychological. Stalking, throwing things, and prohibiting another person's ability to come and go can be considered domestic violence.
A Serious Charge with Lasting Consequences
A domestic violence conviction has lasting consequences. In addition to never being able to own a firearm, charges could impact your current or future employment options. Domestic violence charges, in particular, can have devastating consequences when it comes to immigration status.
A domestic violence charge must be taken seriously. You need to consult an experienced attorney.
Fresno Domestic Violence Attorneys
Michael E. Mitchell and his office, Mitchell Law Group, Inc., has over a decade of experience handling serious domestic violence offenses. We may be able to help you avoid a life-altering conviction.
If you're facing domestic violence charges, contact us today.
Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.