Santa Barbara Domestic Violence Lawyer
Concerning Domestic Violence
In 2009 California law enforcement received 167,000 domestic violence calls for assistance. California has a strict protocol for officers responding to a domestic violence call whether it comes from the alleged victim or from a well-meaning neighbor. Once the police arrive on the scene, there is a strong likelihood that someone will be arrested. Violence in the home is taken very seriously by law enforcement. The future of anyone arrested for uttering a threat in the heat of the moment or causing physical injury, even accidentally, is at risk. It is up to the prosecutor in the case whether to proceed with prosecution or not. Even a firm statement from the alleged victim later that there was no threat or physical attack may not be sufficient. If you or a loved one has been charged with domestic violence, you need to seek the assistance of a Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyer without delay. We also serve the Montecito, Isla Vista, UCSB, Goleta and Carpinteria areas.
Domestic Violence Attorney in Santa Barbara
Domestic violence includes assault, battery, sexual, financial or emotional abuse inflicted on a current or former spouse, intimate partner, dating partner, or family member. The good intentions of the laws designed to protect an endangered person are too often taken advantage of by a partner or ex-partner with a different agenda. Hard feelings in breakups and divorces, or child custody disputes too often lead to exaggerated or wholly invented accusations. No matter how innocent you may be, it will take the help of an experienced domestic violence attorney to protect you from the harsh penalties which follow being convicted of a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charge. The penalties may include:
- Anger management and counseling
- Community service
- Jail or prison time
A domestic violence conviction can also affect child custody and visitation, future employment and other important areas of your life. Lessem & Newstat has been awarded the status of Martindale AV Rated which is the highest rating possible. We have handled over 200 jury trials and obtained hundreds of dismissals. A criminal defense lawyer at our firm can thoroughly examine the various aspects of your case and the events which lead up to your arrest in order to develop a powerful defense strategy.
Are you facing domestic violence charges? Contact a Santa Barbara domestic violence defense attorney to find out how we can help you.