Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney

Lawyer Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges

Need a lawyer for a domestic violence case in Los Angeles? Domestic violence accusations may result in severe consequences for the person labeled as the perpetrator by an alleged victim. In California, once the police become involved in a domestic dispute, it is no longer in the hands of the family to decide whether to press charges. It is in the sole discretion of the prosecution to determine whether to press charges. Additionally, the victim may request a temporary restraining order which will prohibit the accused from coming into contact with the victim or their children – possibly even meaning the accused will have to move from the residence that they share with the victim.

Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Robert M. Bernstein understands the seriousness of any domestic violence or spousal abuse charge and thus works tirelessly to defend his clients who are facing these criminal charges. A former prosecutor, Robert Bernstein has knowledge and experience of both the defense and prosecution’s sides of the criminal process in California. He uses this knowledge every day to his clients’ benefits.

Penalties for Domestic Violence under California Law

California Penal Code Section 273 outlines the definition of and penalties for domestic violence crimes. A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and a felony offense and is punishable by up to 4 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $6,000. Additional penalties are as follows:

  • Domestic violence against a child (child abuse): up to 6 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $6,000
  • Mandatory one-year counseling programs
  • Domestic violence with a deadly weapon: up to 4 years in state prison and/or a $10,000 fine

Need a Lawyer for a Criminal Defense Case in Los Angeles?

Domestic violence, like most abuse or assault accusations, is typically initially based upon an alleged victim’s word. By becoming involved as early on as possible, Attorney Bernstein can work with his team to prove that the victim is lying or is exaggerating. When there is not enough evidence for the prosecution to obtain a conviction, Attorney Bernstein can negotiate in order to work to convince the prosecution not to press charges – avoiding both the time and expense of a criminal trial.

Contact a Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer from the Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein!

Contact Our Firm

Have questions? Fill out the information below to receive an immediate response.

Submit Your Message
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

Office Location:

Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer
9595 Wilshire Blvd.,
Suite 900,

Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Directions [+]
Local Phone: (310) 477-1480

Call for a free consultation


Follow Us On:

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.