Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense
LA criminal defense attorneys, Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff, are former Domestic Violence prosecutors in Los Angeles County.
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. However, 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.
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. We understand you have your side of the story to tell, so contact us today at (866) 430-8383 for a FREE no-obligation consultation. 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 locations in:
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