Domestic Violence Attorney
Arrested for a Domestic Violence charge in? Here are the 3
things you need to know right now:
1. The Bail in a typical DV case can be $50,000 if you are
booked on a felony count, $20,000 if you are arrested for a
misdemeanor such as PC243(e)(1). However, you can request a
"bail deviation" by calling the O.R. Commissioner using the 800
number located within the jail.
2. If you are convicted of any domestic violence crime in
Burbank or any other Court, you will be ordered to complete
mandatory counseling for 1 year.
3. There are defenses available for those charged with these types
of cases. Many folks are led to believe that the cases are "cut
and dry", that is not true. Legal defenses such as self defense,
accident, mistake, insufficiency of the evidence and violation of
your Constitutional rights.
Domestic Violence criminal charges are a broad class of offenses
which involve physical violence or threatened violence on a
family member or former family member or current and past
boyfriends, girlfriend, wives, husbands or cohabitants. The most
common is spousal abuse. This crime differs from the lesser
offense of spousal battery or assault in the sense that they can be
committed by mere touching or apprehension whereas the
spousal abuse requires actual injury, those particular violations
are merely misdemeanors. A Burbank Criminal Defense
Attorney can often eliminate or diminish the harsh consequences
of jail and minimize or eliminate other punishment associated
with the crime.
Other examples of Domestic Violence include:
- Violation of a Restraining Order
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Battery causing Serious Injury
- Annoying or Threatening Phone Calls
- Sending Offensive or Threatening E-mail
- Disturbing the Peace
- Damaging or Destroying a telephone line
- Criminal Threats
- Child Abuse or Endangerment
- Same Sex Domestic Partner Abuse
- Elder Abuse
The primary difference between these crimes and other non-
domestic offenses is the punishment imposed. For example, if
you get into a fight with a stranger at a bar and are arrested and
convicted of assault you would generally not be ordered to
complete one year of anger management. If a person is
convicted of any penal statute involving a family member or
loved one California Law requires, among other things, the
mandatory completion of a 52 week batterer's program and
oftentimes a restraining order restricting the individual's conduct.
If you or someone you know is charged with a crime of Domestic
Violence, he or she needs to speak to an experienced criminal
defense Lawyer immediately. Early intervention by Burbank
Attorney Matthew Ruff can often avoid a lifelong blemish on
their record, jail time, mandatory counseling, stay away orders,
lifelong ban on owning or possessing a firearm and potential loss
of child custody and negative divorce Court implications.
Moreover, if you were arrested for a domestic violence in
Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale or any other Los Angeles Court
and do not live in the area, Matthew can often go to Court for
you and resolve the case in a lot of circumstances.
For more answers and information to your concerns and
questions turn to Matthew Ruff's Google Profile where he posts
informative articles about the criminal justice system and
domestic violence crimes.
Matthew J. Ruff, Esq.
20 Years Experience in Criminal Law