Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney
Domestic violence (Penal Code section 273.5) can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. In order to convict you of a domestic violence offense, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (1) you intentionally caused bodily injury on your spouse, cohabitant, former spouse, former cohabitant, or the father or mother of your child and (2) that the injury to the body caused a traumatic condition. Although the word “traumatic” makes it sound like the injury must be severe, in fact, a “traumatic condition” is defined as any wound or external or internal injury, meaning that the injury can even be a minor one.
Domestic Violence Legal Penalties
If you are charged with domestic violence as a misdemeanor, you are facing up to a year in county jail. If you are charged with domestic violence as a felony, you are facing two, three, or four years in State prison. It is up to the prosecution to decide whether to charge the offense as a misdemeanor or a felony.
If the defendant has a prior criminal offense on their record, they may be subject to enhanced criminal charges and sentencing if convicted. Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense lawyer who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight domestic violence charges. Additionally, it is important that people charged with domestic violence seek guidance from a lawyer as they may be subject to the strict terms of a restraining order or an order of protection, which may prohibit them from having contact with the alleged victim or entering their own residence.
Hiring an Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney
Eisner Gorin LLP is a criminal defense law firm that has been helping clients throughout Los Angeles County fight their domestic abuse criminal charges with great results for many years. Our lawyers are qualified, skilled, and knowledgeable in domestic violence laws. An experienced attorney at our law firm knows how to take advantage of the alternative to jail time, such as probation or counseling. We will conduct an independent investigation and review all the evidence against you to build a strong legal defense. To learn more, read our domestic violence FAQ page.
If you have been charged with a domestic abuse, domestic battery, spousal abuse,
criminal threats, intimidation, annoying phone calls, stalking, verbal abuse,
restraining order violation,
protective order violation, or any related offense, call our office today at
(877) 781-1570. We will take the time to learn the specific details of your situation and provide you with all your legal options.