Walnut Creek is a city located in Contra Costa County, the first county in California to adopt the “Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence” initiative in February 2000. Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence is a multi-agency effort, designed to reduce domestic and other violence between people in intimate relationships. It assumes that strong early intervention with those that commit domestic violence offenses at the misdemeanor level will prevent the violence from escalating to the felony-level.
As part of the Zero Tolerance initiative, private and public agencies in Walnut Creek are encouraged to share information with each other to facilitate stronger and more efficient responses to domestic violence. In accordance with the program’s goals, during the first ten years after the initiative began there was an increase in prosecution of misdemeanor domestic violence, but a reduction in felony-level domestic violence charges. In light of these evolving trends in enforcement, if you are accused of domestic violence in Walnut Creek, the best course is to hire experienced and knowledgeable attorneys to defend you and seek the best possible outcome. [Read more…]