Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with Domestic Violence, you should immediately contact a Southern California and Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney at The H Law Group. Our domestic violence lawyers have extensive experience defending individuals charged with domestic violence under California Penal Code Section 273.5. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.
Domestic Violence in Los Angeles
There is no doubt that domestic violence is a problem in American society. While we believe that women should be protected, we do understand that often times individuals are wrongfully accused of committing domestic violence. If you are facing a charge of domestic violence, you should immediately contact The H Law Group to start working on your case.
Through early intervention in your case, we may be able to achieve a favorable outcome in your case by negotiating with the prosecution to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced. Our Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys have experience defending individuals accused of domestic violence.
We know that situations involving domestic violence are often complicated and charged with emotion. Regardless of the reason why you were arrested for domestic violence, you should hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer because being convicted of domestic violence comes with some harsh penalties.
These penalties include being sent to jail, payment of court fees and fines, payment of restitution to the alleged victim, possible loss of custody over his or her children, and mandatory participation in a domestic violence education program. As such, if you’ve been charged with domestic violence, you should immediately contact a domestic violence lawyer to represent you and fight for you.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence includes situations where an individual in a close relationship with another person inflects harm upon the other person. Domestic violence includes physical harm, as well as emotional abuse and neglect of the other person. Most cases that we see typically involve the defendant physically harming the person with whom he is in a relationship. For the prosecution to convict an individual of domestic violence, it need only show that the defendant made physical contact, no matter how slight, with the other person. The prosecution does not need to show that the defendant caused injury to his significant other.
At The H Law Group, we understand that these situations are emotionally charged, and we know that things sometimes get out of your control, so let us defend you and represent you. We will do everything possible to have the domestic violence charges against you dismissed or negotiate a favorable plea deal for you were you admit guilt to a lesser offense than the one you’re charged with. Allow our domestic violence attorneys to assist you with navigating the difficult times you’re facing.
What Must the Prosecution Prove to Convict You of Domestic Violence?
For the prosecution to prove an individual guilty of domestic violence, it must show that you unlawfully used force or violence against an individual with whom you’re in an intimate relationship.
Who qualifies as an intimate partner?
The term intimate partner includes (1) your current spouse or former spouse, (2) your fiance, (3) the parent of your child, (4) a person you’re dating, and (5) a person with whom you live.
What Qualifies as Unlawful Force or Violence?
Unlawful force or violence refers to any illegal contact with your intimate other. Even the slightest contact with your partner satisfies this requirement. The prosecution is not required to show that you caused your partner a physical injury.
Punishment For Domestic Violence Conviction
If you’ve been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence (domestic battery) under California Penal Code Section 243(e)(1), you face up to one (1) year in county jail, payment of a fine of up to $2,000, and placement on three (3) years of informal probation. Also, the court may require you to attend a domestic battery education program.
That said, felony domestic violence carries much harsher penalties. If convicted of felony domestic violence, an individual faces up to four (4) years in California State Prison, payment of a fine of up to $6,000, and probation. The court may order you to complete a domestic violence education program.
As you can probably tell, a conviction for domestic violence (domestic battery) carries a harsh punishment. So, for you to avoid having to spend time in jail and pay hefty court fees and fines, please contact an experienced domestic violence attorney at The H Law Group. Our domestic battery attorneys have the knowledge and experience to achieve the best possible outcome for you. So, allow us to represent you and fight for you.
Restitution to Victims of Domestic Violence
If convicted of domestic violence, the court may order an individual to pay his victim restitution. Restitution is a payment that’s made to make the victim whole again. For example, if you punched your spouse, the court may order you to pay your wife’s medical bills, bills for mental health, days your spouse missed work because of the injury you caused her, and payments for any property damage that you may have caused. If you’re in this unfortunate situation, contact a criminal defense attorney at The H Law Group to represent you and fight for your rights.
Defenses to Domestic Violence
The most commonly used argument to defend against a charge of domestic violence is that the defendant acted in self-defense. That is, if your intimate partner assaulted you or committed a battery against you, you do have the right to defend yourself.
Also, many of the people who come to us are often falsely accused by their intimate partner of committing a battery. This usually occurs as a result of jealousy and/or anger. Hire the domestic violence lawyers at The H Law Group, and they will investigate the situation to uncover the correct facts of the case.
Child Abuse – California Penal Code Section 273(d)
In addition to domestic violence, an individual can be charged with violating California Penal Code (CPC) Section 273(d). Section 273(d) makes it a crime for an individual to inflict corporal punishment upon a child or to injure him or her. If convicted of misdemeanor child abuse, an individual faces up to one (1) year in county jail, or if convicted of felony child abuse, an individual faces a maximum of three (3) years in California State Prison.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one have been charged with domestic violence in Los Angeles or anywhere else in Southern California, you should immediately contact an experienced domestic battery defense attorney to represent you and achieve the best possible outcome for you. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.