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What you should know if you’ve been accused of domestic violence?

Get an attorney involved now. Time is of the essence. Prosecutors file charges very quickly in these cases and you will not be appointed a public defender until charges are already filed. The investigation in support of your defense must move quicker that the prosecution’s. If handled aggressively, it may be possible to defeat the charges before the case begins. Each case is fact specific and unique. However, it is a universal rule in domestic violence cases that attacking the case before it starts will better your chances of preventing charges altogether, reducing the charges, or posture the case in a favorable position for a dismissal in the event it is filed. Start speaking to attorneys now. That is the first right step towards the best result.

What should I do I’ve been falsely accused?

Most people arrested for domestic violence are falsely accused. Please click on the link below to see how we are able to avoid convictions in domestic violence cases for those that are falsely accused. Our approach will depend on what stage your case is at right now. The sooner you get an attorney involved, the better your chances will be of avoiding a conviction. We offer a free initial consultation.

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Posted by Randy, a Domestic Violence client, 18 days ago
I was charged with felony domestic violence, my case was very complicated, and my police report was filled with lots of lies. Initially Mr. Blair was able to get my domestic charge down to a misdemeanor, and eventually dismissed. I only pled guilty to misdemeanor vandalism. However, there was still a protective order in place not allowing me to see my wife, that neither me or my wife wanted. Judge said the protective order was for 3yrs. California is the worst place to be charged with domestic violence its no joke, they take it very serious and almost don’t care what you or your wife have to say. I am a veteran, and the DA tried to use PTSD from my medical record to make me sound like a psycho. Despite all this Mr. Blair was able to have the protective order lifted a few mo down the road. After my last court date the DA told me personally that I got lucky bc the protective orders never get lifted. Mr. Blair was VERY HONEST, and I did not feel like just another client/case. He really cares about you as the person, and does everything he can to help you. Even months after my case was settled he has called a few times to check on me. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PETER BLAIR to represent your case..

Penalties for Domestic Violence

It is impossible to predict how the court will penalize a domestic violence defendant without knowing facts specific to your case. If you or a loved one is facing domestic violence charges, do not attempt to obtain information with regards to potential punishment by going online. Every case is different. The scale of punishment varies in every case. Even the statutory punishments listed on many websites are largely inapplicable in most cases when it comes down to sentencing. If you are looking online for punishments as it might pertain to a particular case, do not waste your time and call an experienced domestic violence attorney as soon as possible.

However, as a general overview, penalties for domestic violence vary widely depending on whether the crime is a misdemeanor, felony, or serious/violent felony. It will also depend on whether there are any prior offenses, the extent of the injuries, whether there were any weapons involved, the conduct alleged, whether there was actual physical violence, or verbal, such as making a criminal threat or stalking. Custody can range from no custody and informal probation, to a year in local jail with felony formal probation, to many years in prison.

Most a domestic violence defendants have no criminal history. Most domestic violence cases that are filed involve minimal to moderate injury. In these cases with no criminal history and minimal injury, if convicted of domestic violence, one can expect to receive 3 years of probation (informal or formal), 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, a fine that will be determined by the court at sentencing, restitution payment to the victim (if applicable), and possibly public work service, which is essentially picking up trash on the highway. Jail time is generally not imposed in these cases, if the case is handled properly.

Again, contact an attorney as soon as possible to provide what facts you may have about the case to get an idea of what you or a loved one is looking at with regards to punishment for domestic violence.

To learn about the stages in a domestic violence case click here.

Contact Our Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Now

To find out how you may be able to avoid convictions in domestic violence cases, contact the Law Office of Peter Blair. Our approach will depend on what stage your case is at right now. The sooner you get an attorney involved, the better your chances will be of avoiding a conviction.

Click here to learn how a restraining order can affect your domestic violence case.