When a person is charged with domestic violence in California, it often feels as though the world is against them. Many people immediately assume that they are guilty. The mere accusation can affect their personal life, professional life, and much more. It is all too common for a defendant to feel as though they have no options or that they will automatically be convicted.
The good news is that this is not true. There are numerous defense options that can lead to a defendant beating the charges against them. Keep reading to find out what they are, then contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 if you are in need of a free legal consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Examples of Legal Defense Options Against a Charge of Domestic Violence
Of course the best way to defend you will depend on the specifics of your case, some options that can help defend you against this type of offense including showing that the injury was actually the result of a mistake, that their injuries were not the result of actions you took, that you have been falsely accused, or that you were either defending someone else or defending yourself.
A Plea Bargain May Be the Best Option
As you can see from these examples, in some cases it makes sense to fight charges of domestic violence. However, if there is a wealth of evidence against you then we may negotiate to lower the charge. If you plead guilty to a lesser charge, you could avid the stigma and consequences of a domestic violence conviction on your record.
For example, you may be eligible to plead guilty to criminal trespass or distributing the peace. There are many advantages to these charges over a charge of domestic violence, including the fact that they do not prevent you from owning a firearm, do not automatically mean you lose custody rights, and, if you are a non-citizen, do not result in deportation.
We May Work for a Pre-Trial Diversion
In some cases, the best option is to work or a pre-trial diversion program or differed entry of judgment (DEJ). This allows you to take alternative steps to clear up the issue, such as completely a batterers’ program, in exchange for the charges being dismissed and, for the most part, appearing as though they never existed at all.
Now is the Time to Find Out What Your Options Are
There is no better time than right now to find out what your options are to fight your charges of domestic violence. At Law Office of Michael L. Fell we can provide a free legal consultation when you call us at (949) 585-9055. No matter the circumstances of the charge, we are here to fight for your rights. Call us today.