Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Experienced Defense in Santa Rosa - (707) 418-5352
When your spouse or partner accuses you of domestic violence, it can lead
to very serious legal consequences. This is especially true if you have
children together or if there are any claims of child abuse or child neglect.
Individuals who are accused of domestic violence can not only suffer from
a damaged reputation, but they can also lose their rights to see their
children as well. In some extreme cases, if you are found guilty of domestic
violence, you could end up in jail and be left with a permanent criminal
record. This is why it is so important to have a trusted Santa Rosa domestic
violence attorney on your side who is committed to defending your rights.
Why Choose Our Domestic Violence Lawyer?
- Proven results in 1,000s of criminal cases
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to discuss your domestic violence charges: (707) 418-5352.
What Is Considered Domestic Violence?
While it is illegal to commit assault, battery, or criminally threaten
anyone, offenses of this nature are made even more serious if they are
allegedly committed against someone with whom a person shares a romantic
or familial relationship. As such, the state of California has implemented
certain laws which punish these types of behaviors more harshly and afford
special protections to domestic violence victims, such as emergency restraining orders.
Violent acts committed against any of the following parties can be considered
- Current or ex-spouse
- Cohabitant romantic partners
- Fiancé or former fiancé
- Parent with whom a person has a child
Penalties for domestic violence will vary depending on the seriousness
of injuries inflicted upon the alleged victim, if any, as well as the
defendant’s criminal history. With that being said, most counties
impose a minimum 30 day jail sentence even for misdemeanor domestic violence
convictions, as well as participation in a mandatory 52-week domestic
batterer’s class. Possibly the worst consequence of a domestic violence
conviction is the fact that it will become part of a person’s criminal
record and will be visible on any future background checks, limiting their
opportunities for employment.
Possible Defenses to Domestic Violence Charges
If you have been charged with any form of domestic violence, it is imperative
you retain the services of a powerful attorney from our firm as soon as
possible to guard your future and freedom. Upon a detailed examination
of the facts surrounding your case, our advocates can craft a custom-tailored
defense on your behalf and fight to minimize your chances of conviction.
We may be able to employ various strategies in your defense, including:
False allegations: It is not uncommon for accusations of domestic abuse to be completely
unfounded and made out of spite. We can compare the alleged victim’s
statements to police records and expose any inconsistencies that may exist.
Self-defense: Did your accuser act as the aggressor in the alleged incident? You may
not be convicted of domestic violence if you were defending yourself and
used only enough force to ward off the danger to your person.
No trauma: You may not be convicted if there were no injuries reported to the victim
at the time of your arrest.
Insufficient evidence: Your strongest defense will likely be to point out weaknesses in your
accuser’s testimony. You may not be convicted unless the prosecution
is able to meet the mandatory burden of proof.
Get a Persistent Advocate on Your Side
At the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, we have more than 10 years of legal
experience defending clients against a wide array of criminal charges.
Our lead attorney, Evan E. Zelig, has an in-depth understanding of the
criminal justice system from both sides of a case. We know what it takes
to successfully defend against charges like domestic violence, and we
are prepared to exhaust all of our resources in order to get you the result you seek.
Examples of domestic violence charges we can defend against include:
Any domestic violence case involving children is taken especially seriously
by the courts. Even if an actual act of physical violence did not occur,
threats made with the intention of instilling fear can count as domestic
violence as well. Whatever your charges, you need to start discussing
your potential defenses right away. We can review your case and explain
your rights and options to you. Moving forward, our priority will be to
minimize the impact that this domestic violence charge has on your future.
Contact our firm
today at (707) 418-5352 to discuss your case.