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Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyers

Being charged with domestic violence in Los Angeles, California and anywhere else throughout the United States is nothing to take lightly. Domestic violence charges can dramatically affect your life, especially if physical abuse is involved. There are very serious penalties one can face if convicted of this crime. Some of those are handed down by the court or a jury, but there are more that can affect your family life and job.

As a result of the seriousness of the offense, it’s essential to consult with a domestic violence lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the law. Retaining an attorney can help you protect your rights.

What are the Domestic Violence Laws in California?

Domestic violence is a type of criminal offense that occurs when a person perpetrates an act of violence against someone else with whom they have a relationship. That relationship doesn’t necessarily have to be romantic in nature but usually involves romantic partners. Domestic violence can exist between a person and the following victims:

• Current or former spouse
• Significant other not married to the perpetrator
• Former dating partner
• Cohabitant or former cohabitant such as a roommate
• Parent of the abuser’s child

There are many types of acts of violence that can occur in a situation of domestic violence. It can be physical, sexual, emotional and even financial. An act of violence against the victim typically escalates and occurs in a cycle.

Domestic violence can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the specific circumstances surrounding the crime as per Section 273.5 of California’s Penal Code. When a defendant is facing such charges, the prosecution can only convict them by proving beyond a reasonable doubt that they willfully caused bodily injury to the victim. They must also prove that the victim was one of the above-mentioned individuals in relation to the defendant.

What are the Different Types of Domestic Violence Charges?

If you are facing domestic violence charges, It’s important to have just the right defense built in your case. Your domestic violence lawyer will find the right one to fit yours. It’s important to keep in mind that domestic violence is a broad crime that includes a variety of situations.

The following are some examples of domestic violence cases your attorney can handle:

• Child abuse
• Child endangerment
• Criminal threats
• Cyberstalking
• Domestic battery
• Elder abuse
• Harassment
• Stalking
• Violation of a protective order

When you are facing domestic violence charges, your attorney can protect your rights and future. They can build the right type of defense in your case and may be able to reduce the charges against you from a felony to a misdemeanor. In some cases, the charges may be even dropped against you altogether.

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence?

In Los Angeles and California, in general, the courts deem domestic violence very seriously. As a result, if you are facing these charges, your life can be greatly impacted in many ways. If you are convicted, you may face misdemeanor or felony charges as domestic violence is considered a “wobbler” offense. You can face the following penalties:

• Jail time, possibly with mandatory minimum sentencing
• Fines
• Restraining order
• Loss of child custody and visitation
• Loss of the right to own a firearm
• Immigration issues and deportation for immigrants
• Mandatory domestic violence courses
• Reputation damage
• Criminal record that may result in difficulty finding a job, home and more

If the charges against you are classified as a felony and you have a prior felony conviction, the penalties are even stricter. Per California law, you can face life in prison in this situation.

Defenses for Domestic Violence Charges

There are a few possible defenses a domestic violence lawyer can use in a case. While all of these may not apply due to varying circumstances, the following are the most common:

• Innocence: If you have a solid alibi that can be backed up or there’s scientific or technological evidence, the defense attorney can argue that you’re innocent.
• False allegations: Another possible defense to a domestic violence case is that the allegations against you are false and that the incident never happened.
• Lack of intent: The defense attorney can argue that you did not intend to commit domestic violence.
• Self-defense: It’s also possible to cite self-defense as a defense in a domestic violence case. Sometimes, the evidence will show that the defendant only acted in self-defense when the other person committed violence against them first.

Regardless of the specific charges against you, if you’ve been accused of domestic violence, it’s absolutely important to speak with an experienced domestic violence lawyer.


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