Your Attorney Can HELP WITH FAMILY
CONCERNS AFTER a DOmestic Violence ARREST
I am domestic violence attorney Peter M. Liss. I have personally defended hundreds of individuals who have been arrested and charged for domestic violence and spousal abuse in Vista and I can help you too. Family issues are some of the most common concerns after a domestic violence arrest. Here are some of the ways I help you when it comes to the family concerns you may be experiencing after your arrest that can make these cases so difficult:
Concerns After a Domestic Violence Arrest if You’ve Agreed to Stay Together:
If you and your partner have agreed to stay together, your concerns after a domestic violence arrest will often include wanting to put the whole thing behind you. Unfortunately, domestic violence charges are almost always prosecuted by the District Attorney’s office, so these cases usually proceed even if the couple has agreed to stay together and work things out. Because the penalties for spousal abuse are severe, it is critical anyone accused of this crime work with an experienced domestic violence attorney in order to obtain the best criminal case results under the facts and law.
I can help you address these concerns after a domestic violence arrest by:
- 1 Referring you and your partner to an agency that will help you locate and enter an established couples counseling program.
- 2 Referring the defendant to an agency for help entering a recognized anger-management program, if the abuse resulted because the defendant lost his temper.
- 3 Obtaining an evaluation report from a court-approved psychologist to show that counseling may be a better alternative than jail.
- 4 Providing the prosecutor and court with reports from the counseling and anger management services to show you are making progress in learning to resolve disagreements peacefully.
- 5 Arguing for a reduced sentence based on all of the above, which can help alleviate one of the most common concerns after a domestic violence arrest -“when can we be together again?”
Concerns After a Domestic Violence Arrest if You Do Not Work Things Out:
When a couple doesn’t agree to stay together, the biggest concerns after a domestic violence arrest usually shift to what will happen to the couple’s home, property and family. Even if you object, your spouse can legally file for separation and/or divorce, without needing to prove any reason, and your live-in partner can refuse to stay with you. Because the penalties for domestic abuse are severe, you will need an experienced attorney to obtain the best criminal case results for you under the facts and law.
In this case, I can help address your concerns by:
- 1 Referring you to an agency that will help you locate a qualified family law attorney who can represent you in divorce, spouse and child support, property division, and child custody proceedings -one of the most serious concerns after a domestic violence arrest.
- 2 Representing you if your former spouse or partner seeks a restraining order, to make sure that the order is not unreasonably broad and that evidence used in this hearing does not violate your constitutional rights. If you and your partner have children, I can also fight for your right to see your kids despite the restraining order.
- 3 Helping you and your partner file a motion to dissolve a restraining order if you end up deciding to reconcile since talking in person, over the phone or through electronic means such as texts or email are all violations of a restraining order, even if the person protected by the restraining order no longer wants it in place.
- 4 Working to have the restraining order lifted if the alleged victim repeatedly attempts to contact you regardless of his or her intentions.
- 5 Obtaining an evaluation report from a court-approved psychologist to show that counseling may be a better alternative than jail.
- 6 Referring you to an agency for help entering a recognized anger-management program, if the abuse resulted because you lost your temper.
- 7 Providing the prosecutor and court with reports from the anger-management program to show that you are making progress in anger management.
- 8 Providing your family law attorney with these reports so that they may be used to help support your claims for child custody or visitation rights.
- 9 Arguing for a reduced sentence based on your reported progress in an anger-management program.
Regardless of whether or not you and your partner wish to stay together, I will also work with you to find the right legal strategy for your situation. I will always make sure to always address your most pressing concerns after a domestic violence arrest, whether that means negotiating a plea bargain or fighting the charges. Common defenses include consent of the alleged victim, acting in self defense, false allegations and a lack of evidence.
How to Contact Attorney Peter Liss
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