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Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyer
Experienced Representation to Fight Your Charges
In California, the penalties for committing an offense against another person are severe, but they become even more severe when an abuse is committed against a family or household member. This type of offense is referred to as domestic violence, and if you've been charged, you could face serious consequences. A conviction can result in jail or prison time and/or fines, and it also carries with it other sanctions like the loss of certain rights.
At Jay Jaffe Attorney at Law, I, Attorney Jay Jaffe, know that being charged with a domestic violence offense could have lasting consequences – the accusation alone could ruin your reputation for years to come. That is why I am committed to delivering top-quality representation for those facing criminal allegations. Having played baseball at USC, I know what it means to be part of a team working toward a common goal. When I take on a case, I apply that same mindset. I will work closely with you to understand your situation and discuss your legal options. The outcome of a case will affect you, which is why I, after providing sound legal advice and guidance, allow you to make decisions on how to proceed.
What Type of Conduct Is Considered Domestic Abuse?
California law defines domestic violence as abuse against a family or household member. The harm caused to the other person does not have to be physical. Any threat or behavior that puts a person in reasonable fear of their safety could be considered an offense.
Types of conduct that could be considered domestic violence include:
- Destroying personal property
Who Could Be a Victim of Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence isn't just committed against a person with whom the alleged perpetrator shares a blood relationship. The law says that abuse committed against someone the person has an intimate relationship with can be a victim.
The following could be a victim of this domestic violence:
- Former spouse
- Roommate or former roommate
- A person with whom the individual has a child
- People in a dating or engagement relationship
What Are the Potential Penalties?
Because there are various offenses that could be considered domestic violence, there are also a number of penalties a person could face upon conviction. For instance, if someone was found guilty of inflicting corporal injury on a family or household member, they could face up to 1 year in jail or up to 2, 3, or four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $6,000. If they're convicted of domestic battery, a judge could impose upon them a jail term of up to 1 year and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
Incarceration and fines aren't the only sanctions that could be imposed for a domestic violence offense. The alleged victim could also take out a restraining order, which may limit where the person can go and what they can do. Additionally, if a person is convicted for domestic violence (even if it was a misdemeanor offense) they could lose their right to possess and own a gun.
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If you're facing domestic violence charges in Los Angeles, retaining legal service as soon as possible is essential. When you hire me for your defense, I will get started on your case to identify weaknesses in the prosecution's accusations and build a compelling legal strategy on your behalf.
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