Domestic violence is not just something that happens between people who are married. In truth, parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, intimate partners, former spouses, ex-boyfriends and -girlfriends, and even roommates can all be domestic violence abusers or abused themselves. Oftentimes, the prosecutor will charge an additional offense of disorderly conduct with the assault charge.
But regardless of how, who or why — if you have been arrested for and charged with a crime in connection with domestic violence, you need to know that prosecutors and judges take these charges very seriously and that contacting a lawyer is what you need to do next.
In my practice as an attorney, I represent individuals in Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Monterey County, and Santa Cruz County, who have been charged with various crimes in connection with domestic violence, including:
A conviction related to domestic violence, spousal abuse or a family assault has serious potential consequences. Realizing this, many spouses or partners will try to drop the charges. When they do, they are often surprised to learn that the decision to drop the charges is not theirs to make. That decision now belongs to the prosecutor. I first try to get the case dismissed. If the prosecutor will not dismiss, then I try to get a lesser charge or a diversion program. If you have a good case we can always go to trial.
The prosecution in Domestic Violence cases refer to the threaten or injured person as the victim. Sometimes the police charge the wrong person and often the victim is the person who instigated the fight or altercation and is as much at fault as the defendant. The victim may even have been the aggressor so I usually raise the defense of " SELF DEFENSE" If the Judge or Jury believes that the defendant acted in self defense then he or she is found not guilty.As your attorney, I will explain the law, the charges against you and your options. I will also help you understand what is happening in the case and what is likely to happen next. I will work to minimize the damage and to obtain the best possible result at every opportunity.