Let's review what you should know about getting charged with a domestic violence case in the Van Nuys courthouse. I've defended people for domestic violence and spousal abuse cases in the Van Nuys court for the past 30 years.
Thus, I'm very familiar with how they deal with these cases, how the police investigate them, how the prosecutors prosecute them, and what the judges do about them.
You want to meet with an attorney like me. I think that's step one of what you should know. Get a local attorney who knows the Van Nuys court system, has handled domestic violence cases like yours before, and knows the moves to make to put you in the best possible position.
Next, you should know that when you go to court for the first court appearance, the judge will issue a protective order against you.
This is an order to stay 100 yards away from your significant other, who is the person that's the alleged victim in the domestic violence case. So, living with that person puts you in a challenging position once you go to court.
Review of All the Case Details
So, we sit down and meet and go over the details. Some things can be done, and that's why you meet with an attorney, like me, who can go over your specific factual situation:
- What's going on with you?
- Why you need to stay in your home where you're living.
- What impact this could have on your job and your future?
- What happened in the case?
- Can you defend the case?
- Are you innocent?
- Are there any injuries?
- Did the police take any pictures of the injuries to the other party?
- Is there any bodycam evidence of you making a statement to the police?
- Did the alleged victim make a statement to the police?
- Are there any independent witnesses that can be used against you?
- What evidence do they have against you that substantiates you being arrested and prosecuted for domestic violence?
What Are the Common California Domestic Violence Charges?
Some of the most common charges related to domestic violence in Los Angeles County include the following:
- Penal Code 243(e)(1) PC - Domestic Battery,
- Penal Code 273.5 PC - Corporal Injury to a Spouse,
- Penal Code 273.6 PC - Violating a Restraining Order,
- Penal Code 422 PC - Criminal Threats,
- Penal Code 273a PC - Child Endangerment,
- Penal Code 273d PC - Child Abuse,
- Penal Code 368 PC - Elder Abuse,
- Penal Code 136.1 PC - Witness Intimidation,
- Penal Code 166 PC – Contempt of Court,
- Penal Code 632 PC – Eavesdropping,
- Penal Code 29825 – Possession of a Firearm,
- Penal Code 278 PC – Child Abduction,
- Penal Code 591 PC – Damaging a Phone Line,
- Penal Code 646.9 PC – Stalking and Cyberstalking.
Plan a Defense Strategy
So, you want to be prepared. You want to move early. Get an attorney right away. I've worked for the district attorney's office, so I know how they prosecute domestic violence cases. I've also worked for a superior court judge and defended people like you since the early 1990s.
Pick up the phone now. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding; we will go over how we will handle the case as it relates to you. We'll design a plan of what we're going to do. We will execute the plan together to ensure you get the best possible result.
You can contact us for a free case evaluation by phone or using the contact form. The Hedding Law Firm is located in Los Angeles, CA.