Make your side of the story be heard.
Disagreements and heated arguments happen. Even couples in healthy relationships can get into a fight and make mistakes such as tossing a phone across the room or slamming doors. Unfortunately, police are often called to remedy domestic disputes while tempers are still flaring and thoughts of revenge are simmering. It is not uncommon for accusers to change their statements or no longer wish to pursue charges once cooler heads have prevailed. Unfortunately, at that point, it is no longer up to the accuser; the prosecutor will be the one making decisions about whether to pursue misdemeanor domestic violence charges that can change your life forever.
The key is to be proactive
Premier Domestic Violence Law Group is not here to judge. We know good people can find themselves on the wrong side of domestic violence allegations. We are here to listen to your side of the story and make sure that your interests are protected as we defend you against misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charges. Your accuser, the police and others may not care about your side of the story. We do. Be practice and contact the Premier Domestic Violence Law Group at (619) 752-3702.
Our firm has a proven approach forged by experience.
Domestic Violence Charges
Over the last 30 years, the consequences for Domestic Violence have become more severe as the government and politicians try to prove that they are “tough on crime”. Being charged with a Domestic Violence offense can be extremely embarrassing and frustrating. Why? It is a crime that is often based on the story of someone who is angry with the accused, and is looking for revenge. Unfortunately, the system can be easily manipulated by someone with an agenda who wants revenge against his or her partner. This desire for revenge usually comes from an outstanding family court matter, divorce, child custody dispute, or recently discovered infidelity. Courts are full of men and women who were accused and charged with Domestic Violence offenses, and either pled to something they did not do or went to trial and were wrongly convicted because they were set-up. Domestic Violence charges are very fact-specific. When you are facing these charges, you want an experienced law firm with a track record of success advocating for you. Contact Premier Domestic Violence Law Group at (619) 752-3702. Our firm has proven results forged by experience.
Where do you begin? Pre-issue Packets
First, you want to retain an experienced Domestic Violence Attorney. You want to then become familiar with the stages in a Domestic Violence case. The next step is to begin gathering documents to make up mitigation packets. There is a sliver of time from when someone is released from jail to when the prosecutor from the Domestic Violence/Family Protection unit will be reviewing your case. Ideally, you want to submit a pre-issue packet before the prosecutor obtains the police report. A pre-issue packet consists of documentation that puts an individual in a positive light in the eyes of the Domestic Violence/Family Protection unit prosecutor. Without a pre-issue packet, a prosecutor is contemplating issuing charges based on the police report and supporting evidence only. They often do not consider the person’s criminal history or character. It is difficult for the prosecutor to get an idea of who they are prosecuting based on the police reports they review before issuing the case.
As a former Domestic Violence prosecutor, the pre-issue stage is critical because this is the stage where most Domestic Violence are rejected/dismissed/non-issued. Sometimes the pre-issue packet does not result in charges being dismissed, but the case begins as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. In certain instances, this is a very favorable situation to begin the court process. Domestic Violence cases are very fact-specific. Contact Premier Domestic Violence Law Group if you are interested in getting the ball rolling towards the best possible outcome in your case at (619) 752-3702. The key is to be proactive.
The Four Most Common Domestic Violence Questions
1. Will I get a chance to tell my side of the story?
It begins with hiring an experienced Domestic Violence Attorney. You
do not want to make any statements to anyone (that is what an
attorney is for). Telling your side of the story is vital in a Domestic
Violence case. You want to collect as much evidence as possible to
illustrate what actually took place. A defense attorney will typically advocate behind closed doors, via email, and in meetings with the judge and prosecution. If an agreement cannot be met, then a person will tell their side of a story at a Jury Trial. Where a case ends up is very fact-specific. No matter, your side of the story needs to be heard.
2. Can I still be charged if the victim wants to drop charges?
In the past, victims were in charge of whether they wanted to
press charges or not. Over the years, studies have shown that
that due to a “cycle of violence”, a victim might not want to
press charges because they hoped to avoid the abuse that
would be directed at them once the accused had a chance to return home. The prosecution took over the bullseye that was on the victim and regained control of whether the case would be issued or not. This is sound reasoning. However, what happens is when a “victim” explains what actually occurred at a later time, the prosecution often chalks it up to “recanting”. Therefore, a “victim” who does not want to press charges will not automatically stop charges from being issued. However, their statement along with a quality pre-issuing packet can be effective in demonstrating to the prosecutor that criminal charges are not warranted.
3. What if I was acting in self-defense?
If you are being charged with domestic violence and you were
acting in self-defense, you cannot be convicted. For a successful self-defense claim you must have reasonably believed that you were in imminent danger and needed to use force to prevent the danger from happening. It is important however, that you only used the force that was necessary to prevent the danger from happening. It is vital to examine the evidence to substantiate a self-defense claim.
4. Can a Domestic Violence case affect my job?
Anyone arrested for Domestic Violence charges who holds a professional license (attorneys, physicians, nurses, pilots, stock brokers, teachers, or other professionals) or security clearances (police officers, firefighters, government employees, members of the military or government contractors) may experience an impact on their license or one or more critical certifications to practice the duties of their profession. Further, anyone owning a firearm or required to carry a firearm as part of their professional responsibilities may be barred from owning, possessing or carrying a handgun, rifle or shotgun.
Former Domestic Violence Prosecutor Looking Out For You
Our firm is led by Mark Deniz, a former senior domestic violence prosecutor in San Diego with a proven track record of resolving cases as favorably as possible. He takes a dual-track approach of fighting for a dismissal while, at the same time, negotiating the best possible terms for a plea agreement. He is always preparing for the next move and knows what it takes to win no matter the circumstances. Our approach was forged by experience.
Rights, Your Reputation And Your Future
Charges can often be prevented or dismissed based on early intervention and proactive measures taken by an attorney. We will start creating a “mitigation packet” immediately, presenting you in the most positive light possible and letting the prosecution get to know the real you rather than the caricature presented in the police report. Other mitigation actions include prompt enrollment in substance abuse or anger management programs in order to demonstrate how serious you are about rectifying any underlying issues.
The time to act is now if you have been arrested or are under investigation for domestic violence. Be practice and contact the Premier Domestic Violence Law Group at (619) 752-3702.
Hire a Proactive, affordable, and quality defense when you are facing Domestic Violence charges. Whether you have been charged of a San Diego Domestic Violence charge Poway Domestic Violence charge, La Mesa Domestic Violence charge, Santee Domestic Violence charge, Mission Valley Domestic Violence charge, Clairemont Domestic Violence charge, Point Loma Domestic Violence charge, La Jolla Domestic Violence charge, Carmel Valley Domestic Violence charge, Mira Mesa Domestic Violence charge, Pacific Beach Domestic Violence charge, Del Mar Domestic Violence charge, Carmel Valley Domestic Violence charge, Encinitas Domestic Violence charge, Oceanside DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista Domestic Violence charge, San Marcos Domestic Violence charge, Carlsbad Domestic Violence charge, El Cajon Domestic Violence charge.Lakeside Domestic Violence charge, Fallbrook Domestic Violence charge, Valley Center Domestic Violence charge, San Isidro Domestic Violence charge, Lemon Grove Domestic Violence charge, National City Domestic Violence charge, Imperial Beach Domestic Violence charge, Spring Valley Domestic Violence charge, it is vital you need to hire an attorney who knows how to defend your rights and can determine if the government can prove their case. The time to act is now if you have been arrested or are under investigation for domestic violence. Be practice and contact the Premier Domestic Violence Law Group at (619) 752-3702. The Premier Domestic Violence Law Group is an experienced law firm in exactly these kind of cases. We know the courts, the court system, and the prosecutors. Contact Premier Domestic Violence Law Group at (619) 752-3702. Our firm has proven results forged by experience.