Domestic violence charges are very serious matters. Even relatively small arguments can result in police involvement. From that point, the police may arrest an individual even though the person who called the police does not desire to press criminal charges. Assault and battery is illegal in California, but when a significant other or someone who lives with you is involved, the charges can become much more serious. What may seem like a small dispute can turn into a life-changing criminal conviction.
Domestic violence and abuse charges are often extremely emotional. In some instances, charges may be pursued by a purported victim, or may be exaggerated, out of anger, jealousy, or revenge. Sometimes alleged victims bring false charges in order to get an "upper hand" in divorce or child custody proceedings. Often the conduct resulting in charges is unwitnessed, based on acts that occurred behind closed doors, creating a "he said - she said" situation. Prosecutors, judges and the public may be pre-disposed to sympathize with the apparent victim, creating an uphill battle for the defendant.
A domestic violence conviction has serious long-term consequences. Sentencing turns on the seriousness of the crime and the defendant's criminal background, but jail time is often imposed, even in first-time misdemeanor cases. Often court-required counseling sessions are imposed. A domestic violence conviction goes on the defendant's criminal record and can impact job applications, professional licensing, and immigration status.
An experienced Orange County domestic violence defense attorney can help minimize the impact of these charges. Domestic violence cases involve sensitive matters with the potential for severe consequences, requiring a high level of discretion and tact from a criminal defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera, we have almost 40 years of experience representing defendants charged with domestic violence and other serious crimes. We will advise you of all of your options and represent you aggressively to the prosecutor, judge and, if the case goes to trial, before the jury. Call our office today at (949) 662-1791 for a confidential consultation.