Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense
LA criminal defense attorneys, Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff, are former Domestic Violence prosecutors in Los Angeles County. We represent clients who have been charged with many different types of domestic violence charges and related charges, including Vandalism, Domestic Battery, Spousal Abuse, Cohabitant Abuse, False Imprisonment, Child Endangerment, Child Abuse, Criminal Threats, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Dissuading a Victim or Witness. If you’ve been charged with domestic violence or a related charge, it’s of vital importance that you speak with a domestic violence defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Domestic violence doesn’t just involve married and cohabiting couples. California law defines which relationships are subject to domestic violence criminal statutes. These relationships include those between past and current dating partners or spouses, as well as relationships between persons who share a child together. In addition to crimes involving physical violence, communicating verbal threats arising from domestic circumstances are also subject to domestic violence punishments.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence in Los Angeles or are the subject of a domestic violence probe, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. The consequences of a domestic violence related conviction in California are severe and often permanent. Unfortunately, the commonly held belief that a victim in a domestic violence case can simply “drop the charges” is incorrect.
For the sake of your future, you need to work with a Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer who knows the law intimately and can help you get the best outcome. A Los Angeles criminal attorney with extensive experience in domestic violence defense can leverage a victim's unwillingness to cooperate with police and prosecutors into a better outcome or potentially a dismissal of charges. Our domestic violence lawyers have decades of experience and will be able to determine which defense strategies are most likely to help your case.
LA Domestic Violence Charges Involving Spousal Abuse or Domestic Battery
The most common domestic violence charges involve accusations of either spousal or cohabitant abuse under PC 273.5 or domestic battery under PC 243(e)1. Although both criminal statutes similarly describe acts of violence committed upon persons protected under California domestic violence laws, charges of PC 273.5 are considered more serious and can be prosecuted as a felony domestic violence charge. Felony domestic violence crimes carry much harsher punishments, which can often result in incarceration.
Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Experts Since 1987
The criminal defense lawyers at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have over 70 years of combined California criminal law experience. Spousal abuse attorney Paul Takakjian is a former special prosecutor with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Domestic battery lawyer Stephen Sitkoff is a former supervising deputy DA in Los Angeles and a former Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner.
Top-rated by Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and AVVO, Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff personally handle each of our criminal defense firm's cases. You’ll benefit from their experience and the personal approach they take to each client we represent.
There are two sides to every story, and working with domestic violence attorneys who have years of experience is a good way to ensure that you get to share your side of the story. The best legal defense is an experienced, proactive defense. Call us today to schedule a meeting at our office in West LA or one of our satellite law offices in:
Van Nuys, Torrance, Encino, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, Woodland Hills, West Covina, Burbank, Cerritos, Whittier, Hollywood, Norwalk, Santa Clarita, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Newport Beach, Orange, and Huntington Beach.
When you’ve been charged with any kind of domestic violence or related charges such as Vandalism, False Imprisonment, Child Endangerment or similar charges in southern California, don’t wait to see what will happen! Contact us today at (866) 430-8383 for a FREE no-obligation consultation to discuss your domestic violence case.