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Oceanside Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys


Defending Your Rights and Protecting Your Future

A conviction for domestic violence can damage your reputation, make it harder to see your kids, cause severe financial hardship, and put you behind bars. Even when the charges have no merit, it’s crucial to act quickly to protect your future. False allegations or an argument that gets out of hand can quickly lead to criminal charges for domestic violence.

Police officers and aggressive prosecutors treat people who have been charged with domestic violence with contempt. That’s why you need someone who understands the legal system to advocate on your behalf.

Nobody should have to take on the criminal justice system on their own. When you have jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys on your side, we’ll use the law to protect your freedom. Call (760) 630-2000 to schedule a FREE consultation today.

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Possible Penalties for a Domestic Violence Conviction

Domestic violence may be prosecuted as a felony or a misdemeanor in California. Either way, a conviction has serious consequences, including fines, jail time, and infringements on your rights. That’s why you’ll want to have the right lawyer fighting for you every step of the way.

Your attorney will do everything they can to get your charges dropped or reduced. A conviction can turn your whole world upside down and continue to cause negative consequences for the rest of your life. Consequences may include:

  • Five or more years in prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • A strike under California’s Three Strikes laws
  • Probation
  • Restraining orders
  • Loss of custody and visitation rights
  • Loss of a professional license
  • Loss of gun rights
  • Damage to your military career
  • Harm to your immigration status
  • Mandatory alcohol and domestic violence classes or counseling

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How Do People Get Charged with Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence cases frequently stem from baseless charges or a domestic dispute where someone calls the police. Sadly, people will often manipulate the legal system by making erroneous allegations of domestic abuse for personal reasons such as jealousy, revenge, or to gain an advantage in a custody battle.

Domestic abuse charges are usually initiated by a 911 call. Police officers generally assume that the person who made the call is the victim, and this colors their judgment before they even arrive at the scene.

The police will often base their conclusions on statements made by witnesses and the people involved in the incident. Little or no evidence is required to charge someone with domestic violence, and there doesn’t have to be signs of physical injuries to make an arrest. Men are often assumed to be the primary aggressor by police, and officers will usually arrest someone when they respond to a domestic violence call.

Prosecutors frequently file charges based on the police report. That’s why it’s crucial for anyone who’s charged with domestic violence to have a criminal defense attorney who will fully investigate the incident and make sure you aren’t being unjustly prosecuted.

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What Is Domestic Violence in California?

Under California Law, you can be charged with domestic violence for a number of different criminal offenses, including:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Rape
  • Stalking
  • Criminal threats
  • Sexual assault

Even of you are not living in the same residence as the accuser, there are a several types of relationships that may fall under the heading of domestic violence under California law, including:

  • Spouse or former spouse
  • The parent of your child
  • Current or former romantic partner
  • Someone you are dating
  • Current or former domestic partner

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Legal Defense Against Domestic Violence in Oceanside

Your Oceanside criminal defense lawyer will examine the evidence against you, looking for inconsistencies, questionable statements, and physical evidence that contradict the prosecutor’s version of events. Your attorney will also investigate police conduct to determine if your rights have been violated, which may result in charges being dismissed against you.

These are some of the most effective criminal defense strategies in a domestic violence:

  • False accusations
  • Insufficient proof
  • Untrustworthy prosecution witnesses
  • Self-defense
  • You have an alibi
  • Forensic evidence refutes allegations
  • Illegal search
  • Illegal seizure
  • Miranda violation
  • Lack of probable cause for questioning

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Were You Charged with Domestic Violence?

James N. Dicks has over 30 years of experience working in the criminal justice system in San Diego County. He’s assembled an experienced team at jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys who will fight tooth and nail to protect your freedom.

Super Lawyers, an independent rating agency, has recognized jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys for providing superior service to our clients.

Call (760) 630-2000 to learn more today.

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