Domestic Violence Lawyer in Orange County

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Have you been charged with domestic violence in Orange County? If you answered yes, it is important that you start to plan your case and review your legal options with a professional domestic violence attorney. Without representation from a qualified lawyer, you stand little chance of avoiding conviction.

The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. has successfully handled a vast array of domestic violence cases in Orange County, Laguna Hills, and surrounding areas. As a defense attorney with years of experience, Virginia L. Landry, Inc. can provide you with the advice and aggressive representation you need to obtain a winning outcome.

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The Crime of Domestic Violence

If a person engages in threatening or physically abusive behaviors within a family setting, he/she can be charged with domestic violence. In most cases, domestic violence is classified as a misdemeanor. However, charges may be amplified if the person being charged has:

  • Caused injury to a minor
  • Sexually assaulted the victim
  • Sexually assaulted a minor
  • Caused the victim bodily harm
  • Prior domestic violence convictions
  • Prior criminal convictions

Domestic Violence Penalties in California

The consequences for domestic violence are very serious. Individuals convicted of domestic violence face harsh legal ramifications like imprisonment, heavy fines, probation, rehabilitation, counseling, and community service. Furthermore, if you are convicted of a domestic violence offense, you may be prohibited from making contact with the victim, or entering their home.

Depending on the severity of the crime, domestic violence may be tried as a felony or misdemeanor offense. Aggravated violence, prior criminal convictions, or violence against a minor can increase the severity of the legal punishment. Because of the seriousness of these charges and the fact that they can be viewed negatively by potential employers, it is crucial that accused individuals speak to experienced criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible.

Domestic Violence Charges

In most states, once a victim reports an incident of physical, sexual, and/or psychological abuse to law enforcement, the person who abused the victim can be charged with domestic violence. However, in the state of California, a person can be charged with domestic violence even if the victim does not report an incident.

Once a person is charged with domestic violence by California law enforcement, his/her charges cannot be dropped unless the prosecutor handling his/her cases decides to drop them. Even if the victim who sought legal action wishes to have the charges dropped at a later time, he/she does not have the power to do so. Only the prosecutor has the legal right to drop charges against a domestic violence offender. And, after domestic violence charges have been pressed, it is very unlikely that they will be dropped.


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