Domestic Violence Lawyers in Irvine, CA
Aggressive Representation for All Types of Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence has been one of the fastest growing areas of criminal law in the past 20 years and affects people from all walks of life. Domestic violence arrests include minor physical contact to severe traumatic injury or death. In addition to a criminal complaint filed against you, depending on your career, administrative action could also be a consequence of simply being arrested for domestic abuse. If you have been arrested for domestic violence in Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County or San Diego County, our lawyers at the Law Firm of Pilchman & Kay, P.L.C. are the ones you want to speak to.
Discuss your case with our Irvine domestic violence attorneys when you schedule a free consultation at (949) 558-0042.
California Domestic Violence Laws
Family violence or domestic abuse results when one person applies physical force to another. Physical force can include a punch, slap, kick, bite or even throwing an object at another, injury is not required. What differentiates a domestic violence case from a simple assault or battery case is the relationship between the parties. Domestic violence or domestic battery statutes require the suspect and victim to currently be in or have been in a relationship. Such relationships can occur between spouses, domestic partners, former partners or spouses, individuals involved in a dating relationship, parents and children. If you or a loved one has been charged with domestic violence, it is important you have a qualified, aggressive attorney representing you. Our Irvine-based law firm has successfully handled the most minor spousal assault cases to the most serious.
The Law Firm of Pilchman & Kay, P.L.C. has attorneys who have spent years handling domestic violence cases. Our lawyers are all former prosecutors who were assigned to the prestigious Family Violence Prosecution team handling domestic violence cases. Now as Irvine defense attorneys, they are able to use their specialized skill and training on behalf of their clients. They have successfully resolved cases out of all the major courthouses in Orange County including Santa Ana, Harbor, Laguna Niguel, Westminster, and Fullerton.
Vigorously Defending Your Rights
Anyone charged with domestic violence cases has something to lose, especially if you hold a professional license or have a job that requires backgrounds checks. Conviction of spousal abuse or domestic abuse charges may jeopardize your career, your family, and even your financial stability. This makes our Irvine criminal defense firm the firm you need to vigorously defend your rights. We will file all pre-trial motions, negotiate with district attorneys and judges and ultimately engage in trial, always pursuing the best interest of our clients.
A few examples of domestic violence crimes we handle:
- Domestic Battery (Misdemeanor and/or Felony)-Corporal Injury to Spouse
- Domestic Assault-Aggravated Domestic Assault-Domestic Abuse
- Domestic Violence-Aggravated Domestic Violence-Spouse Abuse
- Spouse Battery-Spousal Abuse-Spousal Battery-Aggravated Spousal Battery
- Aggravated Spousal Abuse-Battery to Spouse-Assault to Spouse-Spousal Assault
- Spouse Assault
Factors the Courts Usually Consider in Domestic Violence Charges
There are many consequences one can face if they are convicted of spousal abuse. Convictions can be for misdemeanor domestic battery or felony corporal injury to spouse. Whether convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, a person’s background is usually what a judge looks at prior to imposing sentence. This is true for all cases but when it comes to domestic violence or abuse cases they look more closely.
Judges will typically look at the following circumstances:
- If a person has any prior convictions or allegations of abuse.
- Whether they are employed and supporting their family.
- Whether the crime was serious enough to warrant incarceration in state prison or will minimal jail time be sufficient.
- Whether a person is remorseful and willing to comply with all court orders.
At our top criminal defense firm in Irvine, we will help build this package for you so that a police report is not the only information a judge prior to sentencing. We negotiate for alternative sentences so clients can continue working and remain free from custody.
Understanding Restraining Orders
Restraining orders are court orders preventing two or more people from having any contact with one another. The idea of a restraining order is to protect the person seeking the order. Any person who is a victim of harassment or stalking can ask a judge for help in the way of a stay away order. To initiate this process, the person who is being harassed or threatened would file paperwork at the courthouse in the city or county they reside in. Once this paperwork is filed, a judge will review the claims and either grant a temporary order or deny the order. If the temporary order is granted, the paperwork must be “served” on the party to be restrained for it to be valid. If this is not done, the temporary order is not valid.
Were you recently served with a restraining order? Schedule a free consultation with our Irvine domestic violence attorneys when you call (949) 558-0042!