Domestic violence charges are among the most serious and the most emotional. What some people might think is a little family argument, or a dispute among couples, can lead to a felony arrest by law enforcement. Oftentimes arguments can get out of hand and lead to one spouse calling the police and claiming violence when none occurred.
Domestic violence arrests occur all of the time in Los Angeles because of the rules relating to the police response. If there are any credible claims of offensive contact/injury, the police are going to make an arrest. This is why, as mentioned above, even just a small argument can turn into a felony arrest with someone going to jail. Furthermore, domestic violence charges are among the most susceptible to being manipulated by one party. It can be difficult to dispute a victim’s false or inaccurate report when there are no other witnesses. These false claims can be the result of revenge, a recent divorce, family court or custody proceedings or infidelity.
There is also a misconception that these charges can be “dropped” if the victim wishes to. Unfortunately or not, once the police make an arrest in a domestic violence incident, the government steps into the shoes of the victim and pursues the charges. Thus, even if the victim does not wish to cooperate or have the perpetrator prosecuted, the decision is no longer theirs.
Domestic violence charges are brought when any act of violence is committed against a family member, such as a spouse, child or domestic partner. These cases also may include a component/added charge of child abuse, parental rights and sexual misconduct, which is why having an attorney represent you is imperative. Additionally, a conviction for domestic violence may lead to restitution, anger management counseling, problems at your place of employment, not being able to own or possess a firearm, and criminal protective orders against you.
Consequences of a domestic violence conviction can have far-reaching implications. They carry fines, requirements to complete a 52-week domestic violence class, a moral turpitude conviction on your record and may lead to deportation if you are not a citizen of this country.
Taking certain steps before your court date can help your case in the eyes of the prosecutor. Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Ross Erlich often counsels clients on what things they can do before their arraignment to shed a better light on the facts of the case and present themselves more favorably before the judge. Additionally, Los Angeles attorney Ross Erlich employs the services of a former LAPD police officer, who is now a licensed private investigator, to help bring out background facts of the alleged victim, when appropriate, to disclose to the prosecutor.
Because law enforcement and prosecutors take domestic violence cases very seriously and pursue them aggressively, it is important that you contact Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Ross Erlich to aggressively protect your rights and present a vigorous defense for you.
For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Ross Erlich today.