San Diego Domestic Violence Attorney
Domestic violence charges are serious. Once law enforcement gets involved in a domestic dispute, control over whether criminal charges are filed is significantly compromised. Even if the alleged victim does not wish to press charges, it is the District Attorney on behalf of the People of the State of California that files charges and proceeds with prosecution. This is a problem in many cases, because the alleged victim in the incident may have exaggerated the situation, or may have even been partially responsible for the altercation. An argument with a spouse or cohabitant can unfortunately escalate, and in a vindictive manner San Diego law enforcement may be called. When the police arrive on the scene, they evaluate the situation, including whether harm has been inflicted on one or both of the individuals, and act accordingly. If one of the individuals merely claims to be a victim of domestic violence, law enforcement has little option but to arrest the accused individual. Because an arrest for domestic violence can be made with very little to no evidence, you are in a position where you can be wrongfully accused and falsely charged. Whether the case involves a spouse, ex-spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, cohabitant, domestic partner, roommate, or any other person you live with, when domestic violence is the charge, you are in danger of being convicted and put in jail or prison, depending upon the details and severity of the case.
Some of the common types of domestic violence that San Diego Attorney Heather A. Melone has defended successfully include:
- Battery against Spouse, Cohabitant, or Fellow Parent [Penal Code § 243(e)]
- Inflicting Injury on Spouse [Penal Code § 273.5]
- Criminal Threats [Penal Code § 422]
- Violation of Restraining Orders [Penal Code § 166]
- Child Abuse / Neglect [Penal Code § 273]
- Stalking [Penal Code § 646.9]
- Elder Abuse [Penal Code § 368]
Defending these charges can be challenging, particularly when there are two conflicting stories about the incident. It is critical to have strong legal representation from The Law Office of Heather A. Melone. She has defended countless individuals charged with this offense and will immediately initiate actions on behalf of her accused client.
Unfortunately the court system is not going to be treating you with kindness and understanding. Despite the presumption of innocence, the DA presumes you are guilty and they want to convict you of the crime. You need someone to protect your rights, who knows how the system works, and knows what legal options you actually have. Contact San Diego Attorney Heather A. Melone immediately if you have been charged with domestic violence, or are under investigation. A quality defense starts immediately. Attorney Melone will treat you with the respect you deserve and will fight hard to defend your case.