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.
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
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
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.