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Domestic Violence in Los Angeles

Posted on: February 25, 2009 at 10:53 a.m.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorneys, such as those at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, regularly defend individuals charged with serious domestic violence charges. This crime carries with it serious jail time, fines, counseling, probation and more. Finding a qualified Los Angeles domestic violence attorney who knows how difficult it can be to navigate the law is important.


The term domestic violence covers all manner of violence or abuse that takes place in a home or domestic setting. Typically, domestic violence is most often thought of as spousal abuse. However, domestic violence also includes verbal, physical or sexual abuse of children in a domestic situation, or even between siblings. It is a common belief that the victim of domestic violence can decide to either not prosecute or drop charges in their respective cases. This is a misconception.


If law enforcement officials arrive at the scene and find evidence of abuse such as injury to the victim, then charges of domestic violence will be made by law enforcement officials and the suspected abuser arrested. Domestic violence charges can include: assault & battery, criminal trespassing, harassment, reckless endangerment, restraining order violations, sexual assault, spousal rape, stalking, kidnapping and false imprisonment.


While the home is considered a private place, charges of domestic abuse or violence bring actions into the very public arena of a court of law. Criminal convictions can and do stay on your permanent record to follow you around for the rest of your life. Hiring an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney right away is the smartest thing you can do for yourself if you have been charged with any kind of domestic violence.


Domestic violence offenses are typically tried as misdemeanors, but can, in some instances, be tried as a felony if the defendant sexually abused or assaulted a minor, or if substantial bodily injury was caused to the victim. If you are tried and, indeed, convicted on a charge of domestic violence, penalties can include: prison time, restitution, large monetary fines, community service, probation, parole and court-ordered counseling.


Los Angeles domestic violence cases can be very murky water for a defendant to wade through. Restraining orders may be filed limiting the defendants access to their own home, or contact with their spouse or children. Restraining orders or protection orders are strictly enforced and any violation of them can result in further criminal charges. If you or someone you know has been charged with a domestic violence, call the attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP right away. Their combined 50 years of criminal defense experience will be a great asset in maintaining your freedom and good reputation.



Tagged as: domestic violence pc 273_5

Comments:

Sabena Vaswani on May 7, 2009 at 7:12 p.m. wrote:

I understand and respect that the victim has no say in the punishment of the perpetrator. This is to protect the victim. However, this will discourage many victims from actively speaking out against domestic violence. For example, if a wife is abused at home and is financially and emotionally dependent on her husband, she may not report the violence in fear of having her husband jailed. This is why many cases will go unreported. Is there a better way the law can take this into consideration?


Edwin on March 24, 2009 at 7:32 p.m. wrote:

My name is Edwin and i am trying to re-instate the bearing of a firearm. I pleated guilty of a 273.5 (a) 15 years ago and got an motion for a relief penal code 1203.4 3-20-08. I have called the department of justice of California an they are telling me that I would need to consult a state and federal attorney to see if they are able to help me. I called a gun store and they are telling me that i am band for life. So, the question is, has there been a case won in this type of situation. I would like to use that case to take it to the superior courts. Edwin 818-822-8165









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