Consequences for a Domestic Violence Conviction
An argument with your spouse or domestic partner can easily turn into a heated debate. Sometimes things quickly escalate and the police become involved. If you have been arrested for domestic violence, you need to know what to expect.
Domestic violence is defined as physical abuse against a spouse, cohabitant or unmarried partner. When it comes to Los Angeles domestic violence, there is zero tolerance. Either one or both of the parties involved will be arrested and could face jail time. Unfortunately, police frequently arrest innocent people for actions that do not fall under the legal parameters of domestic violence. In those cases, it is imperative to seek legal advice from an experienced Los Angeles defense attorney.
In most domestic violence cases, a protective order is ordered. This protective order can range in length and may prohibit a person from seeing his or her spouse or children for years. Sometimes these protective orders are based on false information or cannot be substantiated and therefore, they can be lifted or modified to allow peaceable contact.
The penalties for domestic violence are severe and include the following:
- Substantial fines
- Community service
- Anger Management Classes
A domestic violence conviction is commonly a felony offense which can cause ramifications to your job or employment. It can also cause you to be prohibited from owning guns. It can also impact future employment opportunities and could consequently jeopardize your family’s financial future.
There are defenses available in domestic violence cases and you may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed. If you have been arrested for domestic violence in Los Angeles or Orange County, you need to talk with a defense lawyer immediately. Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Ernenwein at 310-375-5858. The consultation is free and we are available 24 hours a day.