Violence Against Women

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COULD HURT YOU!

The law offices of VLC have never lost a domestic violence trial.

Domestic Violence is a wobbler, which means it can be charged as a felony (PC 273.5 or 243 (e)) and then reduced to a misdemeanor, or charged as a misdemeanor from the get go. If you hire Victoria, there is a good chance your case will be dismissed in total.

Many people think they can maneuver through the courts on this charge. Not true.

It can be like trying to do surgery on yourself. People in trouble like to go to google for remedies when they find themselves facing a criminal charge. This will not help you if you are charged with this crime.

It is a very complicated and emotional issue for both parties involved.

Victoria is here to help you every step of the way, and answers all questions and concerns you may have throughout the proceedings.

The end goal is to obtain a dismissal or no file or acquittal.

Hypothetical:

Jacob is charged with felony domestic violence against his fiancé. The couple has lived together for two years. Mary reports an incident claiming that Jacob tried to strangle her. The police come to take a report from Mary and are wearing body worn video, so the entire interview is filmed. The police go to Jacob’s office and arrest him for domestic violence.  As you can imagine, this is quite embarrassing for Jacob. Jacob posts a bond and gets released from custody. A week later, the fiancé tells the police that she wants to “drop the charges.” THIS IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: once it is in the hands of law enforcement and and/or a prosecutor, they (the accuser) no longer make the call on “being non-desirous of prosecution.”  It is now out of Mary’s hands.

This hypothetical was an actual case that ended up being dismissed at trial due to my knowledge and expertise in this area of the law. There were also prior incidents, involving this couple, such that if it were to go to trial there would have been “1101(b)” evidence, in other words, prior conduct towards the alleged victim would have been introduced at trial.

If you are charged with DV, you need Victoria in your corner! Here are the basic elements of a 273.5:

  • Defendant willfully inflicted corporal injury on victim.
  • Victim was either:
  • a) defendant’s spouse or former spouse;

b) person with whom he or she is or was cohabitating with;

c) fiancé or fiancée, or someone with whom the offender has, or previously had, an engagement or dating relationship or;

d) the mother or father of his or her child

  • Corporal injury resulted in a traumatic condition.

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