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Domestic violence is taken very seriously by prosecutors and law enforcement. Rightfully so, those who have committed domestic violence need to be held accountable. It seems that every day we hear stories of people being arrested on these charges.
Today, though, we want to discuss what you should do if you find yourself facing accusations of domestic violence. Often, the accusations are incorrect or unfounded. At Okabe & Haushalter, we are here when you need a Los Angeles domestic violence defense attorney.
We saw the story about actor Rick Schroder being arrested for the second time in a month under suspicion of domestic violence. The ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘Silver Spoons’ actor was in an incident in which the LA County Sheriff’s Department says they found evidence of a “physical altercation.”
However, we want you to understand that while domestic violence does occur, people are arrested all the time with little to no actual evidence of domestic violence. We have seen incidences of people being accused of time and time again of domestic violence when it never occurred.
In California, the consequences of being found guilty of domestic violence range in severity. Domestic violence in this state can include violence committed by one family or household member against the other. It generally applies to anyone living together – married or unmarried.
Consequences of being found guilty of domestic violence can include:
Please know that if you are charged with a felony, which can happen depending on how badly the other party was injured, you could also face restitution charges and even prison time.
It is important that you not speak with law enforcement or prosecutors before you talk to an attorney about what happened. Anything you say will be used against you. Your attorney can help formulate a successful defense strategy to counter arguments made by the prosecution. Your attorney will also look into the person who has accused you to determine their motives, especially if you have been falsely accused.
We know that facing domestic violence charges can be scary. The people you know may rush to judgment about what happened, but we know that these cases are often more complex than what they look like from the outside.
At Okabe & Haushalter, we are here when you need help. It is vital that you secure legal assistance when you are facing accusations of domestic violence. The consequences of a guilty verdict can be severe. When you need a Los Angeles domestic violence defense lawyer, you can contact us today by calling at 310-430-7799 for a free consultation. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work diligently to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether.