Although domestic violence may not always contain allegations of assault, most of the cases end up in a charge of assault. Assault may include intentional shooting, cutting as well as touching or striking with force with the intention of causing harm, regardless of whether the act caused an injury or not.
Some states have a separate law for assault perpetuated by a family or household member, while others charge the defendant with general assault, with additional punishment if proved that the assailant was a family or household member.
A record of conviction for assault may have a long-term impact on your life. Besides affecting your personal and professional life, it may also have a lasting impact on your family. Here is what you can do to defend yourself in a domestic violence case successfully.
Hire a Lawyer
You need to hire an attorney as soon as the case is filed. A private defender can provide competent representation to control the damage. A qualified domestic violence lawyer understands the criminal system and has experience in dealing with similar cases to develop the best course of action and get you the most favorable results.
In order to get out of jail, you either need to pay your bail or get a bond. A bond is usually non-refundable, but may cost 10 percent lesser than the amount of bail. However, it may require collateral such as a property under your name. Bail, on the other hand, is refundable on the condition that you make all required appearances.
Once released, you need to follow certain non-negotiable conditions of the release. These conditions may include instructions on what you can do and what you need to avoid. If you violate the conditions, you may be rearrested which may weaken your case.
You don’t have an obligation to present evidence, but proofs in your favor can greatly help you win the case. Casting doubt on the alleged victim’s credibility is amongst the most commonly employed strategy. However, providing appropriate evidence that the plaintiff was drunk during the incident and is thus less credible can help get the case dismissed. Receipts of alcohol purchase, credit card statements from the bar, eyewitnesses, or video of him acting drunk can be some of the effective proofs that could strengthen your claim.
Hire us to defend your domestic violence case in California. As one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the state, we have some of the best domestic violence attorneys to defend you in the court. Call us at (310) 316-9333 or book a consultation with us today!