Domestic violence affects thousands of families across California every year, and it’s vital for anyone who encounters this type of incident to know their rights and options for legal recourse. It is also vital for anyone accused of committing domestic violence to understand the value of reliable legal counsel, especially in the face of wrongful accusations. Unfortunately, many people abuse the criminal justice system for personal reasons. This has led to many individuals facing unjust accusations of domestic violence that have ruined their lives in many ways. Conversely, many people who experience domestic violence are unaware of the legal mechanisms in place that can protect them and prevent them from experiencing further harm.
All American Law provides comprehensive legal representation to both victims and alleged perpetrators of domestic violence in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The attorneys at All American Law offer more than 30 years of combined experience handling a wide range of domestic violence cases as counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants. This well-rounded experience enables us to handle some of the most complex domestic violence cases. Whatever your situation entails, we can provide the representation you need to navigate the situation effectively.
“Domestic violence” is a broad legal term that applies to any act of violence or abuse within a family or household. These cases typically pertain to specific criminal acts, but the fact that they apply in family and household settings qualifies them for prosecution under California’s domestic violence laws. Additionally, these cases often lead to related family law proceedings. Domestic violence can occur between current and former spouses or romantic partners, parents and their children, siblings, extended family, and current or former roommates.
California upholds relatively strict laws pertaining to domestic violence. These incidents typically lead to difficult family law proceedings and criminal law proceedings. All American Law offers legal counsel to victims of domestic violence, and we also provide defense representation to individuals accused of domestic violence.
Domestic violence can occur in many ways, including physical assault and battery, intimidation and psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and stalking. When these incidents occur, victims should call the police immediately to report their experiences. The police have a legal obligation to prevent further domestic abuse and likely remove the alleged abuser from the premises immediately. The victim can then secure a temporary restraining order against the abuser that will last until there is a formal hearing on the issue.
All American Law can help victims of domestic violence secure the protective orders they need to navigate the emotionally stressful legal proceedings their cases typically entail. We work closely with victims and their families to determine the best options for legal recourse after domestic violence occurs. We can assist our clients with family law matters pertaining to divorce, child custody, and child support related to their experiences. We can also coordinate with state prosecutors when victims must testify in criminal court proceedings.
Individuals charged with domestic violence of any kind have the right to seek defense representation. We understand that many domestic violence allegations in California are ultimately proven false. Unfortunately, it’s common for people to levy such accusations out of spite or from a desire to seek preferential treatment in subsequent family law proceedings. If you have been unjustly accused of committing domestic violence of any kind, our team will assist you in defending yourself. We can help you gather exculpatory evidence and witness statements, prepare you for each stage of your case, and assist you in developing the most robust defense possible.
Domestic violence typically generates both criminal court proceedings and family law proceedings. For example, if you experienced domestic violence from your spouse, you would likely want to file for divorce after the incident. You may need to address property division and custody and support of your children while you prepare to testify in the criminal case against your spouse.
When individuals are convicted of domestic violence, they are likely to face a host of penalties. If they have children, they are likely to lose their custody rights or face significantly diminished custody rights, potentially only securing the right to limited visitation. A criminal conviction is also likely to influence divorce proceedings and carry professional consequences for the offender. They could lose professional licenses, standing in their community, and even face jail time depending on the severity of their offense.
One of the most commonly implemented legal mechanisms in domestic violence cases is a restraining order. When a restraining order binds an individual, they will be legally prohibited from contacting specific individuals. For example, an abusive spouse will be forbidden from contacting their ex-spouse or coming into close physical proximity to them. The order may prohibit them from coming near their ex’s home, place of work, and their child’s school or daycare center. Violation of any restraining order will lead to severe consequences, including fines and jail time.
Regardless of what side you find yourself on in a domestic violence case, an experienced Rancho Cucamonga domestic violence attorney is an essential asset in this situation. Your legal team can help you determine the best approach to your situation. If you are a victim, they can help you secure an expansive protective order that prevents you from experiencing further harm and assist you in holding your abuser accountable. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need a defense team that can help you prove the truth of the situation or minimize your penalty if you are guilty of the charge against you.
All American Law provides client-focused legal counsel in every case we accept. We’ll take time to learn as much as possible about your situation and help you make informed choices about your legal proceedings. We understand you may have many questions about what to expect in your domestic violence case, and we want to help you approach the situation with confidence. If you are ready to discuss your case with a Rancho Cucamonga domestic violence attorney, contact All American Law today and schedule your consultation with our team.