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Once upon a time you and your lovely partner were in it for the long haul. You used to hold each other’s hands and hold each other tight during long cold nights. You two decided that you were in it together, forever. You each understood each other in ways you didn’t think was possible. You two were deep in love. But then life began to get complicated. All of a sudden the love wasn’t as palpable and there were secrets between the two of you. Soon the secrets got louder and you still didn’t know what was happening. Instead of leaning on each other you two started hating on each other. Now, after having children and a home you have come to the devastating result that you two must divorce.
Because the relationship is so rocky there have been calls to the police. There has been screaming and shouting. There have been physical and emotional bruises. These were not on purpose, but a product of the situation. Our Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter understand that relationships change with time. Sometimes that change does not look pretty. Sometimes that change not only hurts your ego but goes straight to the core of your heart. We also understand that we are all human. Humans make mistakes, particularly when the emotional stakes are so high. Sometimes actions are made, however, the police do have discretion in California.
For example, if you and your spouse are in a situation where the police are called, and the police suspect that domestic violence has occurred then they will arrest. This means that if you are in a fight and your spouse is able to convince the police that you have hurt them then they will arrest you even though you have not done anything. An arrest is considered mandatory if the police suspect that some harm has happened. Domestic violence is defined not just by physical assault, but sexual assault, threats of harm or harming someone else, harassment, stalking, or destroying someone’s property. Heated situations can sound way more intense then what they actually are and unfortunately some people are just better storytellers.
If you or a loved one has been accused or charged with domestic violence then you may be dealing with some serious consequences. If you are found guilty then you are looking at restraining orders, fines up into the $1000s, and jail time. Depending on if there was an injury, you may have to face a felony charge with state prison time. Our Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter are here to set the story straight. We are well equipped with resources and experience to ensure that you are getting fairly treated. This is your life and those consequences have serious implications. Don’t let the court system make an example out of you because you failed to find the right people to represent you. Call 310-430-7799 or start a conversation with our professional attorneys today.