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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/Spousal Abuse

Orange County domestic violence attorney Will Bruzzo has handled many cases involving domestic violence and spousal abuse and received many testimonials The penalties for domestic violence convictions can be severe.

Testimonials

I was arrested and charged with Penal Code Section 243(e) (1) [Domestic Violence, Battery on a co-habitant]; this offense carries a maximum of 1 year in jail.  The incident involved a very minor conflict with my wife. My family hired Mr. Bruzzo to represent me because of his familiarity with the courts and District Attorney in Orange County. Mr. Bruzzo and I appeared in court together. He immediately realized that the District Attorney had overlooked a possible violation of Penal Code Section 273a (b) [Child Endangerment]. As such, he said we needed to resolve the matter before the District Attorney amended the Complaint.

He was able to convince the District Attorney to reduce the charge to a Penal Code Section 415(2) [Disturbing the Peace]; I also agreed to take Domestic Violence classes.
This resolution kept the worst charges off my record. I did not receive any jail time.

Mr. Bruzzo also managed to get the Protective Order modified to allow me unrestricted contact with my family once my wife attended the PEP [Personal EmPowerment] classes and I attended a few session of the Batterers Treatment Program.

I am very happy with this result and I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any similar Domestic Violence/Battery on a co-habitant or other criminal matter.

Dated: 12/06/13
DM


 

I was charged with Penal Code Section 273.5 [Domestic Violence] for allegedly punching my wife in the head multiple times. Also my minor child was present during part of the incident. I was facing up to one year in jail for this offense. Also, a conviction for this charge could have caused me to lose my job.  I hired Attorney Will Bruzzo to represent me because of his past successes with similar cases and his familiarity with the courts and district attorney in Orange County. Mr. Bruzzo negotiated hard with the District Attorney. He explained the problem with my job situation. In the end the District Attorney agreed to DISMISS the Domestic Violence Charge; I pled guilty to Disturbing the Peace [Penal Code Section 415(2)] and I will attend a Batterers class. I am very happy with this result and I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any Domestic Violence or criminal matter.

12-4-13
FA


 

A warrant went out for my arrest for Domestic Violence (Penal Code Section 243(e) (1)) and I was unaware of it. When I heard about it I went to court by myself.

[Defendant alleged to have pushed spouse  out of a moving car]

Because I was unaware of my rights I pled guilty to the Domestic Violence charge (Penal Code Section 243(e) (1) and I was sentenced. Later, I realized this was a mistake. So I started to look for a good domestic violence criminal defense attorney in Orange County. I found Mr. Bruzzo and I saw that he had successfully represented many people with this type of charge. Mr. Bruzzo went right to work and filed a motion to withdraw my guilty plea. He was successful in doing that by persuading the judge that since I did not have a lawyer the guilty plea was not valid. Then he set to work negotiating my case. A domestic violence conviction could really be bad for my career. Mr. Bruzzo used my lack of a record and the sensitive nature of my job to get the Domestic Violence charges DISMISSED. Instead I pled to disturbing the peace (Penal Code Section 415(1) which will permit me to keep my job. I am very grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for this result and I would highly recommend him for any similar case or criminal matter.

11-07-2013                                                                                        
JM


 

I was charged with a violation of Penal Code Section 273.5 (Domestic Violence) and I was looking at up to 1 year in jail. The charge arose when my girlfriend and I had a disagreement and a small struggle ensued. She ended up falling down and cutting her head open. She told the police I had thrown her down and caused the injury. This was a lie but the police charged me anyway.  To complicate matters I have a small criminal history of drug offenses. I hired attorney William W. Bruzzo to represent me as he was referred by a family friend. In addition, Mr. Bruzzo is very familiar with the courts, District Attorney and Judges in Orange County which permits him to get better results for his clients .Mr. Bruzzo was able to obtain a statement from my girlfriend where she told the truth about the incident. After several visits to court Mr. Bruzzo convinced the prosecutor to DISMISS the case. I am truly grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for this result and I would recommend him for any criminal or domestic violence matter.

L.L.
7-31-12

 


 

I was charged with two counts of Domestic Violence (Penal Code Section 273.5) for incidents involving my wife. I was looking at up to one year in jail for these offenses. I hired attorney Will Bruzzo because of his familiarity with the district Attorney and the courts in Orange County. Mr. Bruzzo went to work negotiating the case. He did not stop fighting until both charges were DISMISSED. I pled to a Disturbing the Peace (Penal Code 415(2)). I am very grateful to Mr. Bruzzo and I would enthusiastically recommend him for only criminal or Domestic Violence matter.

AR
4/12/12


 

I was charged with Penal Code Section 273.5 [Domestic Violence] for hitting my wife in the face and chest. I admitted to doing this to the police. I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me due to his familiarity with the Courts, the Judges and the District Attorney as well as his past successes with these types of cases. A conviction of this charge could have ended my career. Mr. Bruzzo proved to have a good relationship with the District Attorneys and also proved to be very adept at negotiating. In the end he convinced the District Attorney to DISMISS the case after I completed [marriage] counseling. I never pled guilty and I never did a domestic violence program. As such I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any domestic violence or criminal matter.

DL
2/2/12


 

I was charged with a violation of Penal Code section 243(e)(1) [Battery on a Co-habitant, spouse] and Penal Code Section 236 [False Imprisonment] for an alleged domestic violence situation. I hired attorney Will Bruzzo to represent me because of his familarity  with the courts and District Attorney. My case was complicated by fact that the “victim” showed signs of minor injuries in photos taken after the incident.  This crime carried a maximum of 1 year in jail. Mr. Bruzzo negotiated my case by showing the lack of credibility of the witness and also developed a very effective theory of the case. In the end the District Attorney agreed to DISMISS the domestic violence charges against me in exchange for my pleading guilty to a much less non domestic violence offense.  I received no jail and only 1 year of probation. I am very grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for this result and I would enthusiastically recommend him for any criminal or domestic violence matter.

 

VG
Date: 1/18/12


 

I was charged with Penal Code Section 243(e) (1) [Battery on a co-habitant/spouse] for an incident with my wife.  I was facing up to 6 months in jail and a fine of $1,000.00. I was especially concerned about having a conviction on my record because of the sensitive nature of my job. As such I hired Attorney William W. Bruzzo to represent me as he is very familiar with the courts and District Attorneys in Orange County and because of his good results in similar cases.  Mr. Bruzzo took the case to a supervising deputy who agreed to DISMISS the case if I completed anger management, [couples] counseling, made a “donation” and gave DNA.  I am very pleased with this result as it keeps my record clean. Therefore I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any Domestic Violence or criminal matter.

9/29/11                                                                                               
GR


 

 

I was arrested for Domestic Violence under Penal Code Section 273.5(a) for an incident that occurred with my spouse in Orange CountyCalifornia. For that crime I was arrested and faced a maximum of one year in jail. After I got out of jail I made contact with Attorney William Bruzzo whom I understood to be a very effective attorney and very familiar with the judges and the District Attorneys in Orange County. Mr. Bruzzo told me that he would start working on my case even before my court date and that he would try to persuade the District Attorney NOT TO FILE the case against me which would mean there would never actually be a case in court. Mr. Bruzzo argued that the lack of any injury in this case, despite the allegation of battery by my spouse, might cause the District Attorney to have doubts about the provability of the case and lead to the non-filing.  He contacted the District Attorney and took a statement from my spouse prior to the appearance date in court. Mr. Bruzzo then showed this statement to the DA and talked to her about the case.  Two days after I hired Mr. Bruzzo he informed me that the District Attorney had REJECTED the case and decided not to file against me. I NEVER HAD TO APPEAR IN COURT AND I HAVE NO CONVICTION. I am very grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for his efforts and I would enthusiastically recommend him for any Domestic Violence or Criminal matter.

LK
Date 8/8/11


I was arrested for Domestic Violence under Penal Code Section 273.5(a)  and  Penal  Code Section 236, False Imprisonment, both felonies, for an incident that occurred with my spouse in Orange County, California. My bail was set at $50,000.00. For the crime I was arrested I faced a maximum of three years and eight months in prison. After I bailed out of jail my family made contact with Attorney William Bruzzo whom I understood to be a very effective attorney and very familiar with the judges and the District Attorneys in Orange County. Mr. Bruzzo told me that he would start working on my case even before my court date and that he would try to persuade the District Attorney NOT TO FILE the case against me which would mean there would never actually be a court case. Mr. Bruzzo argued that the lack of any injury in this case, despite the allegation of battery by my spouse, might cause the District Attorney to have doubts about the provability of the case and lead to the non-filing.  He contacted the District Attorney and took a statement from my spouse prior to the appearance date in court. Two days after I hired Mr. Bruzzo and before I even had to appear in court he informed me that the District Attorney had REJECTED the case and decided not to file against me. I NEVER HAD TO APPEAR IN COURT AND I HAVE NO CONVICTION. I am very grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for his efforts and I would enthusiastically recommend him for any Domestic Violence or Criminal matter.

MA
Date: 7/1/10


I was arrested for Domestic Violence under Penal Code Section 273.5(a) as a felony for an incident that occurred with my spouse in Orange County, California. My bail was set at $50,000.00. For the crime I was arrested for I faced a maximum of three years in prison. After I bailed out of jail I went to speak to Attorney William Bruzzo whom I understood to be a very effective attorney and very familiar with the judges and the District Attorneys in Orange County. Mr. Bruzzo told me that he would start working on my case even before my court date and that he would try to persuade the District Attorney NOT TO FILE the case against me which would mean there would never actually be a court case. Mr. Bruzzo told me it appeared that at a minimum both parties had engaged equally in the physical altercation. He also told me that the law says if both parties engage in mutual combat then the case can be dismissed. He made several phone calls to the District Attorney and then submitted a letter to the District Attorney which provided additional information about the incident that was helpful to me. Two days after I hired Mr. Bruzzo and before I even had to appear in court he informed me that the District Attorney had REJECTED the case and decided not to file against me. I NEVER HAD TO APPEAR IN COURT AND I HAVE NO CONVICTION. I am very grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for his efforts and I would enthusiastically recommend him for any Domestic Violence or Criminal matter.

CL                                                                                                       5/14/10


I was arrested for Domestic Violence under Penal Code Section 273.5 as a felony for an incident that occurred with my spouse in Orange County, California. My bail was set at $50,000.00. After I bailed out of jail I went to speak to Attorney William Bruzzo whom I understood to be a very effective attorney and very familiar with the judges and the District Attorneys in Orange County. Mr. Bruzzo told me that he would start working on my case even before my court date and that he would try to persuade the District Attorney NOT TO FILE the case against me which would mean there would never actually be a court case. Mr. Bruzzo immediately spotted problems with the case and began to gather evidence in my defense. He made several phone calls to the District Attorney and then submitted a statement from my spouse which provided additional information about the incident that was helpful to me. Three days after I hired Mr. Bruzzo and before I even had to appear in court he informed me that the District Attorney had REJECTED the case and decided not to file against me based on his efforts.  I NEVER HAD TO APPEAR IN COURT AND I HAVE NO CONVICTION. I am very grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for his efforts and I would enthusiastically recommend him for an Domestic Violence or Criminal matter.

AS                                                                                                       4/16/10


I was charged with Penal Code Section 243(e) (1) [Domestic Violence Battery on a Spouse]; a conviction of this crime could have caused me to spend up to 1 year in custody. This case arose from an incident whereby I was alleged to have struck my spouse causing injury. I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me in this matter because of his effectiveness in court and his knowledge of the law. Mr. Bruzzo told me that a conviction for a violent act such as this would have been detrimental to my record and therefore my future. In addition I was told that such a conviction could cause me to lose my job. This was especially significant because I have a family to feed and my spouse does not work. Mr. Bruzzo worked hard to get the charge changed to include going to the supervising district attorney. In the end he had the charge reduced to a Penal Code Section 415 [Disturbing the Peace].  The Domestic Violence Charge was dismissed.  I truly believe that without Mr. Bruzzo’s familiarity with the Orange County Courts and the law I would not have received such a good result. I would enthusiastically recommend him for any criminal matter.

JC                                                                                           
Dec. 2, 2009


I was charged with Penal Code Section 273.5 [Domestic Violence]; a conviction of this crime could have caused me to spend up to 1 year in custody. I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me in this matter because he is familiar with the Courts, the Judges and the District Attorneys in the County of Orange. My case was considered aggravated because two witnesses observed me punching the victim multiple times. Mr. Bruzzo told me that a conviction for a violent act such as this would have been detrimental to my record and therefore my future. He worked hard to get the charge changed. In the end he had the charge reduced to a Penal Code Section 415 [Disturbing the Peace].  The Domestic Violence Charge was dismissed.  I truly believe that without Mr. Bruzzo’s familiarity with the Orange County Courts and the law I would not have received such a good result. I would enthusiastically recommend him for any criminal matter.

NS
9/28/09


 

I was charged with Penal Code Section 273.5 [Domestic Violence]; a conviction of this crime could have caused me to spend up to 1 year in custody. I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me in this matter because he is familiar with the Courts, the Judges and the District Attorneys in the County of Orange. Mr. Bruzzo realized the importance of keeping me out of jail and my record clean.  Mr. Bruzzo used his familarity with the District Attorney’s office to negotiate an agreement where the case was DISMISSED once I completed an anger management class. This was despite bruising and a laceration to the victim’s body.  I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any domestic violence or criminal matter.
 
HR                                                                                               
Date: 6/8/09


I was charged with Domestic Violence under Penal Code Section 243(e) (1) [Battery Against Spouse]; a conviction of this crime could have caused me to spend up to 1 year in custody; in addition, a conviction would have ruined my ability to support myself and my family by being on my permanent record. I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me in this matter because he is familiar with the Courts, the Judges and the District Attorneys in the County of Orange. Mr. Bruzzo, realized the importance of keeping my record clean and so he made many appearances without my presence in an effort to resolve the case in my favor. When all efforts failed we set the matter for trial but continued to negotiate my case with the District Attorney. In the end, I pled to a disturbing the peace ( Penal Code 415) as an infraction which effectively kept my record clean and agreed to go to counseling.  I truly believe that without Mr. Bruzzo’s knowledge of the law and his familiarity with the courts and the district attorney my result would not have been so good. As a result, I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any domestic violence or criminal matter

TL                                                                                                        Date: 5/11/07


I was charged with Penal Code Section 243(e) (1) [Battery Against a Co-habitant] conviction of this crime could have caused me to spend up to 1 year in custody; in addition, a conviction would have ruined my ability to support myself by being on my permanent record. I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me in this matter because he is familiar with the Courts, the Judges and the District Attorneys in the County of Orange. The victim in my case claimed that I struck her and showed the police bruising she said was a result of my striking her. The police took pictures of the bruising and submitted it to the District Attorney. Mr. Bruzzo made several visits to court and negotiated my case with the District Attorney pointing out the weaknesses in their case. In the end Mr. Bruzzo got the case DISMISSED, without my having to attend a class or pay a fine. In addition, I NEVER WENT TO COURT. I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any criminal and/or domestic violence matter.

TM                                                                                              
Aug. 9, 2006


I was charged with Penal Code Section 243(e) (1) [Battery Against Spouse] conviction of this crime could have caused me to spend up to 1 year in custody; in addition, a conviction would have ruined my ability to support myself and my family by being on my permanent record. I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me in this matter because he is familiar with the Courts, the Judges and the District Attorneys in the County of Orange. After several appearances he was able to negotiate an agreement with the courts wherein, after I took some classes the case would be dismissed. After I completed the classes successfully, the District Attorney DISMISSED all the counts against me. This result not only saved me from having a conviction, it also allowed me to continue my livelihood. I would therefore enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for representation on any criminal matter.

SP                                                                                              
Date: 10/10/05

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ( California Penal Code Sections 273.5 and 243(e)(1))

Client was accused of violating Penal Code Sections 273.5 and 243 (e)(1) (Domestic Violence and Battery of a Spouse Co-Habitant) out of the Orange County Superior Court for an alleged incident with spouse. Attorney William W. Bruzzo used character references and other documentation to present the client’s case in the best possible light. In the end, the client’s case was DISMISSED after attending counseling with the spouse. If the client had been found guilty the client would have been facing 1 year in jail and a year-long domestic violence class. Mr. Bruzzo’s familiarity with the local District Attorney and the court helped save the client’s job, home and family.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ( California Penal Code Section 273.5)

I was charged with domestic violence (Penal Code Section 273.5) where my spouse claimed being struck and suffering a minor injury. I hired William W. Bruzzo to represent me as he is very familiar with the courts, the judges and the district attorney in Orange County. After just a few appearances Mr. Bruzzo negotiated a dismissal of the case with completion of anger management classes and payment of a fine. A conviction of this type would have been devastating for my career. I would therefore enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any domestic violence or criminal matter.

CM                                                                              Date: 11/19/07


I was charged with domestic violence (Penal Code Section 273.5), two counts of child abuse (Penal Code Section 273a (b) and battery on a co-habitant (Penal code section 243(e) (1). These sorts of charges would have caused me to lose my job and be unable to support my family if I was convicted of them. I could have also spent up to a year in jail. I hired Mr. William W. Bruzzo to represent me as I knew he had a good track record for representing other persons similarly situated. Also Mr. Bruzzo is apparently very familiar with the judges and the district attorneys in Orange County. Mr. Bruzzo prepared my case by presenting evidence vouching for my good character. In the end, after a few court appearances Mr. Bruzzo negotiated a DISMISSAL OF ALL CHARGES against me with the agreement that I would plea guilty to a disturbing the peace charge (Penal Code Section 415(2)). This result permits me to keep my job and support my family. Without Mr. Bruzzo’s representation I could have lost everything. I would enthusiastically recommend him for any criminal matter.

NV                                                                                                  Date: 7/17/06


Client was charged with Penal Code Section 273.5 (Domestic Violence and Battery against a spouse/co-habitant) as a felony with injury out of the Orange County Superior Court and faced up to three years in state prison. Attorney William W. Bruzzo got to work representing the client. Mr. Bruzzo was able to negotiate a deal with the district attorney that not only kept the client out of jail but also reduced the matter to a misdemeanor! The client had to attend a domestic violence class and complete 40 hours of community service. Mr. Bruzzo’s advice and guidance contributed greatly to the favorable outcome in this case.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND BATTERY UPON A CO-HABITANT/SPOUSE (Penal Code Sections 273.5 and 243(e)(1)

The client was charged with Penal Code Sections 273.5 and 243(e) (Domestic Violence and Battery against a spouse/co-habitant) out of the Orange County Superior Court. The Client’ girlfriend experienced a black eye. The District Attorney wanted the client to attend a 52-week batterers class and to serve time in jail. However, Attorney William W. Bruzzo began negotiating with the District Attorney until they finally agreed to permit the client to complete an anger management class in exchange for a complete DISMISSAL of his case. Client was also on felony probation at the time and had he been found guilty of the new case he could have served time for the probation violation as well. Mr. Bruzzo’s familiarity with the District Attorneys and the Court played a large part in the favorable outcome in this case.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT (California Penal Code Sections 273.5 and 273d)

Client was charged with Penal Code Sections 273.5 and 273d (Domestic Violence and Child Endangerment) out of the Orange County Superior Court. AT THE VERY FIRST PRE-TRIAL THE CASE WAS DISMISSED AGAINST THE CLIENT. Attorney William W. Bruzzo’s familiarity with the Deputy District Attorney and the court proved very beneficial to the client and saved the client up to one year in jail on each charge, a year long domestic violence class, community service and various fines and fee.

 

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Domestic Violence - Battery of a Cohabitant and/or Spouse

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