Domestic violence rarely involves a clear-cut case. More often, the situation is a complicated and one affecting the rights and future of everyone involved. In these situations, you need to ensure that your case is handled in the best possible way. It is especially important to get an experienced attorney to review the case and, in many cases, contact the district attorney immediately to try to discuss the filing of the case, provide additional information and try the get charges rejected or reduced before the first court date.
We will not only defend you against criminal charges, but also review collateral consequences that can flow from a domestic violence case, which you may not be aware of. These include possible impact on jobs, gun rights, military service, security clearances, licenses, child custody, restraining orders and much more.
Oceanside Assault and Battery Attorneys With Years of Experience
Christoph Law Offices will handle your case so you can handle your life. Our firm will draw on more than 40 years of combined experience and hundreds of domestic violence cases to energetically and vigorously defend you, and make every effort to get the charges dismissed, reduced or resolved in the best possible way. This pre-filing contact can be an early opportunity to address the case before it is filed. There is then a second opportunity to discuss the case with another D.A. after it is filed.
Why Immediate Action Matters in Domestic Violence Cases
Domestic violence charges are often made in connection with charges of spousal abuse and spousal battery, which can involve anyone with whom you have had a dating relationship and does not necessarily only involve assault or battery. Some cases also involve vandalism, false imprisonment, breaking restraining orders and other law violations.
Often, after the police arrive, the victim will change his or her mind and tell the police not to prosecute. In domestic violence calls, however, once the police are involved, the district attorney is in control and decides whether to go forward with prosecution based on the evidence, not the wishes of the parties. The "victim" is a witness and their input, while it can be important, it does not control the prosecution of the case.
Christoph Law Offices can help you. We can contact the district attorney's office before the first court date if appropriate and provide the D.A. with statements or evidence that may show your case should be not filed or reduced. An early review of your case by an experience criminal defense attorney can be very helpful in the resolution of the case.
Even if the case is filed against you, there are multiple court appearances that give us an opportunity to get charges dismissed, reduced or penalties minimized based on the facts and circumstances and individuals involved.
Contact attorneys William R. Christoph and Nicholas W. Christoph as soon as possible and let us get started on your case.
The Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction in California
Domestic violence can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the facts surrounding the case and the alleged abuser's criminal history.
- For misdemeanors, the potential sentence probation and up to one year in county jail, and/or a significant fine, 52 week domestic violent program and possible retraining orders.
- For felonies, the potential sentence can range from probation up to a four year prison commit.
As you can see, the consequences of a domestic violence conviction are extremely serious, which is why you need to act quickly and contact a lawyer who can handle your case so it is resolved in the best possible way.
Contact a Vista Domestic Violence Attorney Who Can Help
To discuss your case with one of our firm's Vista, California, spousal abuse defense attorneys, call Christoph Law Offices at 760-659-2149 for a free initial consultation. We are conveniently located near Oceanside, Carlsbad and Escondido. You can also contact us online.