Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyer
When police respond to a report of domestic violence in Los Angeles, they often feel compelled to arrest someone — even when there is no evidence of bodily injury. Being hauled away in handcuffs following a dispute with a loved one is a distressing experience. Whether you feel the accusations against you are warranted or not, you need to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
California courts take domestic violence charges very seriously. The LA City Attorney’s Office has a domestic violence unit focused exclusively on investigating and prosecuting these crimes. A conviction of domestic violence can result in jail time, fines, probation, and anger management classes. You may even have a restraining order issued against you, prohibiting you from having any contact with the alleged victim.
Furthermore, a misdemeanor or felony conviction will be seen on background checks for the rest of your life — making it difficult to find employment, obtain a loan, get custody of your kids, or rent or own a home. Your reputation may be tarnished among friends, family, and others in the community who may view you as an “abuser.”
Reliable and Trustworthy Representation for the Accused
With the stakes this high, you need a tenacious legal advocate on your side. Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer Chad Lewin has spent his entire career fighting for the rights of the criminally accused. He knows how the legal system works and has established working relationships with local law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and judges.
Mr. Lewin leverages his skills and experience as an effective negotiator and litigator to obtain the best possible outcomes for his clients — whether that be an outright case dismissal, reduction in charges, or more lenient penalties.
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Your side of the story deserves to be heard. Call (800) 458-1488 today to schedule a free consultation with Criminal Defense Attorney Chad Lewin to discuss your legal rights and options. We serve Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence in California?
California Penal Code section 273.5 governs domestic abuse law making it a crime to cause or threaten to cause injury to an” intimate partner.” There are a wide range of behaviors that may qualify as domestic violence including:
- Willfully and recklessly inflicting physical injury
- hitting, slapping, punching, pushing, shoving, kicking, biting, pinching, hair pulling or beating
- Using threats and intimidation to make someone feel afraid that they will be harmed
- Sexual assault
- Verbal abuse and emotional cruelty
- Child abuse
- Child endangerment
- Destruction of personal property
Who are the Victims of Domestic Violence?
In California, domestic violence occurs in connection with the following types of personal relationships:
- A current or former spouse
- A current or former fiancé
- A current or former live-in romantic partner (a “cohabitant”),
- A person with whom the accused has, or has had, a child, or
- Someone the accused is seriously dating or has seriously dated in the past
- Types of Domestic Violence Charges in California
The most common domestic violence charges in California are domestic battery and corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.
Domestic battery, also referred to as “spousal battery” and “spousal assault” is the most common misdemeanor offense pertaining to domestic violence allegations in California.
A domestic battery charge is usually brought if you inflicted force or violence on a spouse or cohabitant. In this case “force” or “violence” does not have to mean there was a visible injury, rather that there was unwanted physical contact.
A conviction of this misdemeanor offense may result in up to one year in jail, up to $2,000 in fines, informal probation up to three years, and completion of a one year batterers treatment program.
Corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant
The charge of corporal injury to a spouse is brought against you if the physical force you inflicted resulted in a traumatic condition. This could be a cut, bruise, redness or area of swelling. The prosecutor has the discretion to charge you with a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of the injury, your prior criminal history, and other factors. If charged as a misdemeanor, the penalty is up to one year in jail. A felony conviction can land you in prison for 2-4 years and pay up to $6,000 in fines.
Defense Strategies for Domestic Violence Charges in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Chad Lewin knows what it takes to build a strong legal defense against domestic violence charges. He knows how to review police reports, collect and examine evidence, interview witnesses, and consult with expert professionals to expose the inconsistencies in the prosecutor’s case and discredit the alleged victim’s account of what happened.
Some of the most common defense strategies include:
- It was an accident;
- You acted in self-defense or in defense of others
- You and the alleged victim engaged in “mutual combat” and both gave consent
- There is a lack of evidence to prove that you caused the alleged victim to suffer harm
- Witnesses aren’t credible
- The alleged victim falsely accused you or had an ulterior motive to exact revenge or gain upper hand in a divorce or custody case.
Contact a Domestic Violence Lawyer in Los Angeles
If you’ve been arrested for domestic violence, you must act quickly to protect your rights. Criminal Defense Lawyer Chad Lewin of Lewin Law Group can offer seasoned, trustworthy representation in your case. Mr. Lewin will make every effort to fight the charges against you and help you avoid serious punishment. Take the first step towards getting your life back and call (800) 458-1488 to schedule your free consultation.