If you’re facing a Domestic Violence charge, call Shield Criminal Defense Law, and speak to an experienced attorney about your case today
A domestic violence accusation typically suggests that you have abused your spouse, someone you’ve had a relationship with, or the parent of your children. Many people are surprised to learn that the alleged victim does not have to be a former or current partner for the charge to be considered “domestic”, it could also be your former spouse’s new spouse or someone you are related to by blood or marriage.
Too often people face a domestic assault conviction based on untrue claims made out of anger, jealously, or spite. It is imperative that you do not let one accusation negatively impact the rest of your life. Let an experienced in Los Angeles domestic violence attorney make sense of your charges and make sure your legal rights are protected. When you call Shield Criminal Defense Law, we can explore possible defenses such as self-defense or whether you’ve been the victim of a deliberately false allegation.
What can happen after I’m charged with Domestic Abuse?
If you are arrested for domestic violence, you can be removed from your home and served with a protective order before you’ve even been convicted. A domestic violence conviction can have devastating effects such as:
- Having any contact with your children, your spouse, or other family member prohibited.
- The inability to stay in your home for the duration of the Protective Order
- Damage to your reputation with family and friends
- Long term jail sentences
- The loss of your job or professional license
- The loss of your right to possess firearms
- Deportation (if you are a non-citizen of the United States)
Call our Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyer Today
Do not accept a guilty plea without consulting a knowledgeable and aggressive Domestic Violence Charge Defense Attorney.
Prosecutors are more likely to pursue domestic violence cases than any other kinds of violent crimes, even when the evidence is not convincing. No one wants to take the risk of the kind of outcome that we all hear about on the news.
You need a Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer that can guide you through the tough legal process, and advise you of services and programs to help you, and your family situation before you get in front of a judge. At Shield Criminal Defense Law we will go over the facts of your case, obtain police reports and help find options such as therapy or anger management classes to guide you in the right direction before you ever set foot in a court room.
Domestic Violence is more than physical contact
It’s a common misconception that abuse is the hitting, shoving or kicking of someone in your home.
Under California law, abuse is defined as: “intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, sexual assault, or placing a person in reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily injury”
You could be charged with domestic violence without ever touching another party. This could mean behaviors such as:
- Throwing things
- Threatening or stalking
- Keeping someone from leaving
- Destruction of property
Even making empty threats out of anger during an argument could be misinterpreted by the alleged victim, and considered abuse under California Law.
The other party doesn’t want to pursue the charges, now what?
Even if the victim decides they don’t want to go through with charging you for abuse, the prosecutor can, and in most cases does proceed with charging you. Even without the alleged victim’s cooperation, they can present other evidence to get you convicted; such as photos of the victim and damages to the home, statements given the day of the incident, and eye-witness testimony.
Make sure you have someone on your side that knows the Los Angeles judicial system and how to help you.
Don’t risk it, contact one of our experienced Los Angeles domestic violence attorneys today for a free consultation at (213) 514-8732. We are available 24 hours a day to help you.