California Domestic Violence Law Firm

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Protect your freedom.

If you are charged with domestic violence in California under Penal Code 273.5, a conviction can cost you your freedom and future prospects. Domestic violence matters typically involve sensitive issues that seemingly favor the accuser while assuming that the defendant is guilty unless proven otherwise.

Even though it may seem like the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” doesn’t apply to domestic violence charges, you still have legal rights. And you are innocent until a judge or jury of your peers decides otherwise.

Your case does not have to take this route. Hiring a domestic violence lawyer at Amicus Legal Group will provide you with a defensive foothold to challenge the prosecutor’s case against you.

Domestic Violence Laws

The ultimate goal of domestic violence laws is to prevent violent acts between and among family members. Numerous parts of the Penal Code could apply to your case, but it depends upon the circumstances of alleged offense. Here are two primary themes or laws that you should know:

  • You can be charged for domestic violence if you commit a forceful or violent act against a partner.

    Under this statute (Penal Code 243(e)(1) or misdemeanor Penal Code 273.5), visible injuries do not need to be apparent to receive charges. Convictions may result in up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

  • Inflicting visible injuries can lead to a felony charge.

    If you allegedly inflict visible injures against a family member, prosecutors can charge it as a felony under California domestic violence laws. Penalties for “corporal punishment” include up to four years in state prison.

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Fight for your freedom

Even for a misdemeanor conviction, you can face up to one year in county jail. You can also receive other penalties that include steep fines and a criminal conviction that follows you around for the duration of your life. You do not have to lay down. Fight for your freedom.

Fight for your freedom

Even for a misdemeanor conviction, you can face up to one year in county jail. You can also receive other penalties that include steep fines and a criminal conviction that follows you around for the duration of your life. You do not have to lay down. Fight for your freedom.

Consequences of a Conviction

Larger numbers of cases are being prosecuted due to pressure from advocacy groups and the revenue that convictions generate.

Consider how a domestic violence conviction could impact your life:

While most of the consequences of a conviction are well known (court fines, probation, jail time), other considerations include:

Could it affect your job or future employment opportunities?

How will family and friends react?

What might happen in family court proceedings?

Could you handle a 10-year (or lifetime) firearm prohibition?

What to Do Now

Fear tends to make people act in haste. There are a few elements that you should understand when facing charges to avoid making things worse for your case.

Domestic violence cases are complicated and filled with intense emotions. If you or your loved one are accused of domestic violence, get the help you want by hiring a reliable criminal defense lawyer who has a reputation for positive results.

Working with a defense attorney

Make sure that you do the following:

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  • Avoid all contact with your accuser.

    If he or she needs to speak with you, refer all communications to your lawyer. At Amicus Legal Group, we act as a “communications buffer” between our clients and the accuser to avoid additional issues, such as violating criminal protective orders put in place by the court.

  • Preserve evidence that proves you are innocent

    While your lawyer will conduct an investigation to determine what the prosecutors can prove, preserve any evidence that exonerates you, if available.

  • Hire a domestic violence lawyer

    You should not have to face criminal charges alone. A criminal attorney will assert your rights while explaining your legal options throughout the entire process. He or she will also develop a case strategy that works to get your charges dropped or reduced as applicable.

How Amicus Legal Group can help you

At Amicus Legal Group, we always empathize with the position of our clients. You are innocent until proven otherwise and our team will act as if we were standing in your shoes. No matter the facts of your case are, our domestic violence lawyers will protect your rights and fight fiercely on your behalf.

In addition to tough legal representation, we will:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation of the charges

  • Investigate all claims thoroughly

  • Explain your rights, risks, and opportunities under the law

  • Devise a customized and strategic defense

Get Help for Domestic Violence Charge Now

While every case is unique, we will help evaluate the evidence against you. In some matters, the accusations are completely baseless while others are stronger. Either way, a domestic violence lawyer at Amicus Legal Group will fight the charges to obtain the best possible result.

Contact us if you want a law firm that hits back hard at false charges. If you have been charged with any type of domestic violence, Amicus Legal Group is ready to help you get past this challenging time.

For your completely free and confident consultation, contact us today at (888) 588-1777. You can also submit a callback request here.

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