4 Steps to Getting Domestic Violence Charges Dropped
If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense, you may feel understandably stressed and overwhelmed. California takes domestic violence charges seriously, and those convicted may face heavy fines and time behind bars. In some cases, individuals charged with domestic violence may be able to get their charges dropped and avoid these consequences with the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney.
At Dod Law, APC, we understand how a domestic violence charge can upend your life. Attorney Dod has 18 years of experience helping his clients in California protect their rights and interests. He is committed to thoroughly investigating every case and ensuring his clients understand their legal options. When you retain his services, you can trust him to guide you through California’s complex justice system and build a strong defense on your behalf.
How to Get Your Domestic Violence Charges Dropped in California
In California, domestic violence is defined as willfully harming or threatening to harm a spouse or intimate partner. Domestic violence is a weighty charge that may be challenging or impossible to get dropped on your own. Experienced criminal defense attorneys use the following four main strategies to get their client’s domestic violence charges dismissed:
Secure the Support of the Prosecutor
The issue of whether to drop your charges is entirely up to the prosecutor’s discretion. However, your attorney may be able to convince the prosecutor that dropping your charges is in the best interest of everyone involved in your case.
Obtain a Copy of the Police Report
The police report of the incident is an essential piece of evidence that can help you and your attorney defend against the charges you face.
Write a Truthful Account of the Incident
Upon reading the police report, it may become apparent that your charges are based on false allegations. Writing a truthful version of events may help you convince the prosecutor to drop your charges.
Hire a Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney
A skilled criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of California law can help you execute the steps above and increase your chances of getting your charges dismissed.
The experienced attorneys at Dod Law, APC, can advise you on the best course of action for getting your charges dropped and protecting your rights and reputation.
Reasons to Get Your Domestic Violence Charges Dropped
There are several strategies your attorney may employ while arguing for your charges to be dropped. A few common defenses for domestic violence charges in California include the following:
- Lack of evidence and witnesses
- Contradicting oral and written statements
- An alibi for the time of the incident
- Consent from the victim
Your attorney will conduct an investigation into every detail of your case to determine which defense strategy best applies to your case.
Speak to a Seasoned California Domestic Violence Attorney
If you have been charged with domestic violence in California, you may be able to get your charges dropped and avoid severe consequences with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Dod Law, APC, our attorneys have dedicated their careers to protecting their clients’ rights and helping them navigate California’s complex criminal justice system. Our team is committed to ensuring you have the best defense possible and will fight tirelessly for your rights and freedoms.
To learn more and schedule a free consultation with a member of our talented team, call us today at (619) 814-5110 or complete our contact form.