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Understanding Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders

OKABE & HAUSHALTER May 14, 2020 Domestic Violence

There is no denying that the coronavirus pandemic has significantly altered the way that we go about our daily lives, especially as most of us have been under stay at home orders. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in reports of domestic violence. Many people are having to spend more time with truly abusive people. However, as reports of domestic violence call to law enforcement rise, we do want to point out that every case needs to be investigated. There are times when disputes result in untrue allegations being made.

What is happening with these cases?

Los Angeles County authorities recently reminded residents that they have resources available if they are experiencing domestic violence in their household. The LA County Sheriff’s Department said that calls for domestic violence are up more than 8% compared with this time last year. They are attributing the rise to stay at home orders implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yes, the truth is that there are abusive people in this area, and many people have found themselves stuck with abusers in their household. We encourage anybody who is a victim of domestic violence to seek assistance as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, there are often times when false allegations of domestic violence are made. A person could be falsely accused of domestic violence for a variety of reasons. In some cases, a person could be accused of domestic battery even if they were defending themselves from violence.

We also know that false allegations are often made when one party is attempting to gain the upper hand in child custody disputes. We have helped clients who have been falsely accused when they are in the midst of a heated argument with their partner simply because one party wanted the other to suffer.

Regardless of how a person has been falsely accused of domestic violence, the consequences can be devastating. A person can face misdemeanor or felony charges that could result in the following upon a conviction:

  • Jail time
  • Monetary penalties
  • Mandatory batterer’s program
  • Protective orders filed against you
  • Loss of firearm

It is important for those accused of domestic violence to not speak with law enforcement or prosecutors before they have a chance to consult with a Los Angeles domestic violence attorney. Anything you say can be used against you, but your attorney will work to formulate successful defense strategies to counter the prosecution’s case against you.

We are ready to help you through this

If you or someone you know is facing an allegation of domestic violence, please seek legal assistance today. These charges are taken seriously by law enforcement and prosecutors, and you need a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side. At Okabe & Haushalter, we pledge to investigate every aspect of the claims made against you. Our goal is to get the charges reduced or dismissed altogether. When you need a Los Angeles domestic violence attorney defense, you can contact us today by clicking here or calling 310-430-7799 for a free consultation.