Santa Ana Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
The City of Santa Ana Police Department is aggressive when it comes to domestic violence, endangering children, elder abuse and sexual assault; so it's often very easy to find yourself in trouble, even when it's not your fault. Santa Ana criminal defense attorney Lauren K. Johnson represents clients in all of these types of cases and will work on your behalf to have your charges dismissed, or reduced to prevent your reputation from being ruined.
Domestic violence is an offense that should be taken extremely seriously. It can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, and psychological abuse. One partner may start to intimidate the other or invoke fear in them, creating a very hostile personal environment within an intimate relationship. It can affect anyone and create emotional and physical scars that may take ages to overcome. However, it is the unfortunate truth that many will use domestic violence as a tool to get others to do what they want even when they themselves know that there is no domestic violence present in the relationship. Therefore, it is important that if you are accused of domestic violence that you take action and make sure that any false allegations are put to rest.
Santa Ana domestic violence defense lawyer Johnson knows that misunderstandings can occur in almost any situation, but the police are frequently not in a position to judge, or won't even listen to both sides of the story. They act quickly to prevent further aggression, and innocent people often get arrested.
If you've found yourself in a situation like this, you need to understand that the penalties could be very serious. Call our firm today at (949) 622-5522 to defend your rights, and protect your reputation.
While some domestic violence cases do have merit, there are often instances where people are falsely accused. Without a reliable defense lawyer, they can still face severe legal consequences. In addition to jail time, a court can evict you from your home, charge you with heavy fines, assess legal fees, and force you to pay money damages. Further, domestic violence can open the door to other forms of legal action, such as child custody, child support and even alimony. If you were convicted for domestic violence within the last five years, it can seriously impact a child custody case because of the courts focus on what is in the best interest of the child. It is unsafe for a child to reside under the care of someone guilty of domestic violence, so the judge will take domestic violence convictions incredibly seriously when trying to determine the best parenting plan for your child. Therefore, it is unfortunately true that some will use false domestic violence allegations to their advantage in order to affect a child custody case even if there is no domestic violence present in the relationship. The other party could start isolating you and denying you visitation rights with your children.
It is also important to emphasize that once a domestic violence order is entered, any violation of that order can lead to further criminal penalties. Because the stakes are high, it is essential that you present a strong defense. Call the Johnson Criminal Law Group at (949) 622-5522 right away.