If an argument between spouses or other family members escalates, it can result in police responding to the scene and arresting someone on a domestic assault charge as required by law. In the CV if the police respond they will arrest one of the parties. If this has happened to you or someone you love, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

At the office of Dale Gribow Attorney at Law, I have successfully defended individuals in hundreds of domestic violence assault cases and a wide array of related criminal charges. The fact that domestic violence charges are common does not mean that you can take them lightly as the Standard bail is $75,000.

Domestic assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances and the severity of the injuries. A conviction can result in a jail sentence, significant fines, and expenses for completion of anger management and other mandatory programs, not to mention the disruption it can cause your personal and professional life.

Domestic abuse can involve force or the threat of force, as well as psychological or sexual abuse. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I understand the nuances that define the fine line between assault and a domestic dispute.

I will take the time to get the complete story regarding the incident and determine whether the police overreacted. False accusations of domestic abuse are often leveled by a spouse or domestic partner in an attempt to gain control in a divorce or other domestic dispute. By speaking with others who were involved, I can determine whether it is in your best interest to fight the charge in court or negotiate with the prosecution for a reduced charge.

Often the victim wants to change their story or not prosecute. However, the crime is against the people of the State of California and it is up to the DA, not the victim to drop charges.


At my law firm, I emphasize clear and concise communication. I will take the time to inform you fully about all of your options and explain any short- and long-term consequences that may result. For example, the conviction of a domestic violence charge in California may prevent you from owning firearms for 10 years or more.

I often resolve domestic violence cases without my client going court or trial. If you charged with domestic violence in Palm Desert or anywhere in the Coachella Valley, contact me to schedule a Free, no-obligation Strategy Analysis Consultation.