Southern California Police Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Domestic Violence Charge, Resigns
Last month, a San Diego police sergeant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, stemming from an off-duty incident in the city’s Gaslamp District in early July.
According to court documents, pedestrians witnessed the officer, 13-year veteran Oscar Armenta, punching a woman in the face on July 3, shortly after 8:30pm. When two good Samaritans attempted to intervene, a scuffle ensued, injuring one of the men in the process.
In the hearing last month, Armenta was sentenced to three years probation, and ordered by a judge to complete 120 hours of community service. As an additional condition to his probation, the judge also ordered Armenta to obey all laws and partake in a 52-week domestic violence recovery program.
Following his guilty plea and subsequent sentencing, San Diego’s police chief issued a statement, confirming that Armenta had resigned from the force.
Domestic Violence in California
Legally, domestic violence refers to offenses that revolve around some type of abuse between two people in a close relationship, specifically family members or those in a close social relationship, such as:
A married couple
A parent and their child
Two people who are dating
Two parents who share children
Typically, domestic violence involves some type of physical abuse, or threat of abuse, making it difficult for victims to come forward. As a result, these types of cases can grow increasingly complex, especially if there are ongoing threats of violence.
However, it’s important to note that domestic violence is not restricted to physical abuse. Something like stalking an individual can lead to a domestic violence charge, even if physical contact has never been made.
Depending on the state you reside in, a domestic violence charge can be added to other criminal charges, such as assault and battery, which may lead to harsher penalties, including mandatory jail time, or an order of protection, which is commonly known as a restraining order.
Finding a Domestic Violence Attorney
Are you or someone you know dealing with domestic abuse, or the threat of domestic violence? If so, it is important that you seek out a qualified family attorney as soon as possible. Only an attorney specializing in family law and domestic violence can assess your situation and recommend the best legal options for your safety.
For those who reside in Los Angeles and the other areas of Southern California, Whitmarsh Family Law, PC is proud to serve as a leading family law resource when dealing with complex family matters, including domestic violence incidents. Our team of dedicated, compassionate attorneys is well versed in the latest family law statutes in California, and can provide the wise legal advice you need during this difficult time.
We understand that dealing with domestic violence is never easy. That’s why our firm is committed to advocating on your behalf, and protecting your individual rights, as well as the rights of your family, as they exist under law.
Do not delay – our legal team is here to help you and your family today. To schedule a free preliminary consultation with one of our family law attorneys, call Whitmarsh Family Law, PC at (310) 552-3505.