Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney
Looking for a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles?
If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need representation
from a skilled
criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles. Domestic violence is any form of violence or
threat of violence against a person with whom you share a personal relationship,
such as a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, fiancé(e),
parent, child, other family member or a person you live with. It can include
assault and battery,
sexual assault, spousal
rape and other forms of physical injury. Even if the person who reported the
crime changes their mind, the District Attorney's Office can still
continue to investigate and prosecute the case.
Charges of domestic violence are often made in contentious divorce and
child custody cases to gain leverage in the proceedings. Many times a
restraining order will be issued against the alleged abuser, preventing
them from having any further contact with the victim. There can be extremely
disruptive to a person's life if the accuser is a spouse and there
are children involved. A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer should be
contacted at once if you have been arrested for domestic violence. You
are facing potentially serious penalties that can change your life forever.
Penalties for Family Violence / Spousal Abuse
A person found guilty of domestic violence will be sentenced based on the
severity of the crime and their prior criminal history. Penalties can include:
Restraining Orders and False Accusations
It is not uncommon for individuals to falsely claim spousal abuse or familial
violence. This can happen for any number of reasons, but the repercussions
are drastic if the proper legal action is not taken. If someone files
for a restraining order, they will be given a temporary order until a
hearing can be held to evaluate the evidence. At the hearing, it will
be decided whether or not the threat or actual violence is legitimate.
While having a restraining order filed against you is not a criminal conviction
in and of itself, breaking the terms of that order could warrant an arrest.
Martinian & Associates is a knowledgeable criminal defense firm that can provide skilled representation
in domestic violence cases. We are well-versed in domestic violence laws
and will look for flaws in the prosecution's case that can help achieve
a reduction in charges or case dismissal. Our attorneys are also persuasive
negotiators that will work to mitigate any potential