Being charged with a Domestic Violence can be an embarrassing and frustrating ordeal, but more importantly it may entail severe legal consequences down the line depending on conviction or the plea that is taken. A domestic violence conviction can affect your employment, your custody rights to your minor children, your professional licenses, and possibly even your freedom if there is jail time involved.
Domestic violence crimes carry heavy fines, mandatory classes that last a year, potential jail time, and is a crime that is defined as a crime of moral turpitude. Some charges may be labeled as a “strike” for the purpose of California’s Three Strikes Law. Some individuals with immigration concerns may result in deportation. When minor children are involved, a domestic violence conviction may result in one losing custody of the children.
Often times, a simple verbal argument can escalate to a physical altercation, and ultimately involve law enforcement which in turn leads to a domestic violence criminal charge. Many factors play a role on whether or not domestic violence charges may be brought. If the victim reports the incident to the police or if police show up, a police report will be written and it will be the District Attorney’s or City Attorney’s discretion on whether charges will be brought.
The first thing to do when you are being investigated by the police or have been charged with Domestic Violence is to hire a criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney can help navigate you through the police investigation and the prosecutor’s plan of attack. The attorney’s expertise and knowledge can be applied to your advantage to negotiate a plea or take the case to trial before a jury. At CHH Law, P.C., we have the experience and the skills to convince the prosecutors and judges to plea down or even dismiss your case. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being charged with domestic violence, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys.