Is There Ever A Reason A Prosecutor Would Consider Reduced Charges In A Domestic Violence Related Offense In San Fernando Valley?
When it comes to a domestic violence case in San Fernando Valley, there’s kind of a sliding scale. There are cases that are on the low-end of the scale, where a person is being accused of doing something.
In the low-end type case, the alleged victim has no injuries, or maybe it was a mutual combat situation where both parties were arguing or fighting. Whatever the case may be, the police end up having to come out.
In the San Fernando Valley, the policy is that if they come out, and there’s been any kind of domestic violence and they’re concerned that it might continue, they’re going to arrest one of the involved.
If they can’t figure it out, they’ll arrest both of the people involved. We might even be able to talk to the prosecutors about those cases and avoid a filing altogether, especially if there is no injury, or if it’s unclear who the aggressor was, who’s at fault, or if there’s a self-defense argument.
Domestic Violence with Injuries
Then, there are high-end of the spectrum cases in which the police come out, there are horrible injuries, and it’s clear that the accused has inflicted injuries on their significant other.
The accused usually admits it, talks about it, and the police takes pictures of the incident. That’s the extreme example. Then, there is everything else in-between. It’s unbelievable what’s going on out there right now, especially with the Coronavirus.
Since people are trapped together, domestic violence has become a common problem. There are all sorts of different types of domestic violence situations, but your best bet is to hire an attorney who’s seen all of those situations, knows how to handle them, knows how to move forward in a positive direction, and get you the result that you need based on the circumstances that you find yourself in.
Of course, I know when it’s not a good idea to try and fight the prosecutors because they have the evidence to prove the case, and then, we are going to work out a resolution. We are going to do damage control. We are going to put a mitigation package together.
If you are being charged with domestic violence in San Fernando Valley, not everybody gets treated the same because it’s not all of the same factual situations, and not everybody has the same attorney.
If you have an attorney that’s not going to fight for you, and is not going to present all of the mitigating evidence, then you’re not going to be successful. You’ve come to the right place, if you need help, pick up the phone and ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I stand ready to help you.
I’ve Been Charged With Domestic Violence. Is It Possible To Get Into Some Sort Of A First Offender Program?
There are first offender programs for domestic violence situations. In these programs, you do a 52-week batterers intervention course once a week. It is basically designed to try to teach people how to deal with domestic violence related anger issues.
It helps them in situations that deal with anger towards significant others. It shows them what to do, and how not to resort to violence. It teaches you about not putting yourself in that position again, where you’re getting arrested and posting a $50,000 bond.
You don’t want to be in that scenario. You want to be in a position where you can walk away from the other person. And, if this is not the right person for you, you can make arrangements to get rid of that person so that you can move on and have a healthier life.
In first offender situations and first offender programs, you’ll be put on probation for three years. There’ll be other terms and conditions, and those would be whatever your attorney is able to negotiate for you.
Of course, they’re designed around what you supposedly did, and what the prosecutor and judge feel is the best way to handle your situation.
If My Domestic Violence Charges In Los Angeles are Reduced, Will I Still Have A Criminal Record?
If your domestic violence charges are reduced, having a record of domestic violence will depend on what the charges get reduced to. Let’s say that you get arrested for a domestic violence, you’re in a position where you got an arrest record for domestic violence.
Unless you get rid of that arrest record, then you’re going to always have that arrest record on there. If you ended up getting convicted of trespassing, for example, then you have a trespassing conviction on your record that you could probably get expunged or dismissed later on.
It doesn’t go off your record, but it basically shows as a dismissed case. That kind of gets a little bit complicated in domestic violence cases in the San Fernando Valley where people are being arrested for one thing, but convicted of another thing.
The record shows what you’re arrested for, it shows what you were convicted of, and ultimately, if you can get it expunged or dismissed, when people look it up, they’ll see that it’s expunged or dismissed.
The only way you can wipe a domestic violence record off is to be in a position where you are not charged with domestic violence. That way, you have no charges appear on your record.
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Then, your attorney can file a motion to get your arrest record sealed and destroyed. That’s crucial because if the judge orders the arrest records sealed and destroyed, then the Department of Justice will not have it in their computer anymore.
As a result, if somebody runs your criminal record, they won’t see anything. However, getting that done is not an easy situation.
The bottom line is that you have to hire an attorney who has a lot of experience. Let that attorney go to work for you. Your attorney can figure out what makes sense under the circumstances and factual scenario of your domestic violence case. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0940.