Domestic Violence With Halley, No Concern is Too Small

Orange County Domestic Violence Defense Services

Domestic violence is at epidemic levels throughout California and across the whole US – and unfortunately, the hot-button nature of this class of crimes can result in people quickly believing the accuser without adequate evidence.  

At HJP Legal, we understand the impact of a mere allegation of domestic violence and the even greater, potentially life-long impacts of a conviction. And we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to effectively defend you against any and all domestic violence charges in Orange County and Southern California.

Comprehensive Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges

In many cases by contacting an attorney immediately, we may speak with a prosecutor before charges are even filed. When we can give the prosecution the rest of the story, beyond what is written in the police reports they review, that can give them a fuller understanding of what happened leading to your arrest. Speaking with a prosecutor early and often in a domestic violence case can help to get the charges reduced or dismissed.

If you are arrested for domestic violence in Southern California, HJP Legal can help. Contact our attorneys today for a complimentary consultation.

Understanding Domestic Violence Laws in California

The California Penal Code distinguishes domestic violence crimes from other, otherwise equivalent acts, based on the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim.

For example, there is a regular anti-battery statute in California, but there is additionally a statute criminalizing and adding relatively enhanced penalties for battery against an “intimate partner.” The same could be said of infliction of corporal injury.

When the victim is a current or former spouse, fiancé, dating partner, cohabitant, or other romantic partner, it legally counts as an “intimate partner” for the purposes of domestic violence laws in California.

Of course, there are additional elements of each particular domestic violence crime, and the prosecution must prove each element beyond reasonable doubt to gain a conviction. The battery, injury, threat, or other illegal act must be established as well as the relationship involved.

Unfortunately, many get falsely accused of domestic violence and police often jump to false conclusions, too quickly taking sides.

It’s understandable that mistakes are made, given that police don’t have immediate access to all relevant information and are often called in to resolve emergency situations where erring on the side of caution to keep everyone safe, takes priority.

But that’s no reason why an innocent person should be wrongfully pursued and his/her reputation and future career and life destroyed. We can help you fight and defeat any and all domestic violence charges and save your future.

Why Choose HJP LEgal?

  • Strategic Advice & Representation
    Attorney Halley J. Peters is well-versed in ensuring your legal rights are protected throughout the legal process. They will ensure that the evidence being used against you is obtained legally and within legal boundaries.
  • Minimize Penalties
    Criminal charges can have severe consequences, including losing certain rights, massive fines and penalty fees, and potential incarceration. A skilled criminal defense attorney like Halley J. Peters can help to minimize these penalties or even fight to get the charges dismissed entirely.
  • Clear Communication & Transparency
    Halley is here for you every step of the way. She keeps her clients informed and up to date on important developments in their cases, and is readily available to answer any questions or address any concerns that may arise.
  • Legal Expertise
    Halley is an experienced criminal defense attorney with the knowledge, skills, and resources to handle your criminal case. She understands the legal procedures and tactics of the prosecution, allowing her to provide you with the best defense.

Possible Defenses To Domestic Violence

Here at HJP Legal, we know that you are seeking a highly qualified domestic violence lawyer. Below are some of the different defense strategies successfully employed in prior domestic violence cases:

Self Defense

It is within your legal right to defend yourself when you feel you are about to be assaulted. For example, if the alleged victim hit you or threatened your safety, you can protect yourself from further harm.

However the degree of force you are allowed to use must be “reasonable force” under the circumstances you face. Your lawyer will look for evidence of violence by the alleged victim during the altercation as well as a past history of assaultive behavior on their part.

False Allegations

In some cases, it could be correct for your lawyer to assert that the alleged victim is lying. A lawyer like Halley will look for a past history of the victim lying and/or inconsistencies in his/her story.

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Why You Need Domestic Violence Attorney

Domestic violence is at epidemic levels throughout California and across the whole US – and unfortunately, the hot-button nature of this class of crimes can result in people quickly believing the accuser without adequate evidence.  

At HJP Legal, we understand the impact of a mere allegation of domestic violence and the even greater, potentially life-long impacts of a conviction. And we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to effectively defend you against any and all domestic violence charges in Orange County and Southern California.

Domestic Violence in California

In many cases by contacting an attorney immediately, we may speak with a prosecutor before charges are even filed. When we can give the prosecution the rest of the story, beyond what is written in the police reports they review, that can give them a fuller understanding of what happened leading to your arrest. Speaking with a prosecutor early and often in a domestic violence case can help to get the charges reduced or dismissed.

If you are arrested for domestic violence in Southern California, HJP Legal can help. Contact our attorneys today for a complimentary consultation.

How Is “Domestic Violence” Defined Under California Law?

The California Penal Code distinguishes domestic violence crimes from other, otherwise equivalent acts, based on the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim.

For example, there is a regular anti-battery statute in California, but there is additionally a statute criminalizing and adding relatively enhanced penalties for battery against an “intimate partner.” The same could be said of infliction of corporal injury.

When the victim is a current or former spouse, fiancé, dating partner, cohabitant, or other romantic partner, it legally counts as an “intimate partner” for the purposes of domestic violence laws in California.

Of course, there are additional elements of each particular domestic violence crime, and the prosecution must prove each element beyond reasonable doubt to gain a conviction. The battery, injury, threat, or other illegal act must be established as well as the relationship involved.

Unfortunately, many get falsely accused of domestic violence and police often jump to false conclusions, too quickly taking sides.

It’s understandable that mistakes are made, given that police don’t have immediate access to all relevant information and are often called in to resolve emergency situations where erring on the side of caution to keep everyone safe, takes priority.

But that’s no reason why an innocent person should be wrongfully pursued and his/her reputation and future career and life destroyed. We can help you fight and defeat any and all domestic violence charges and save your future.

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Hiring the Right Domestic Violence Defense Firm

An arrest for domestic violence can be devastating to the legal rights of a person. Specifically in California, a person charged under Penal Code 243(e)(1) or 273.5 could face the loss of their gun rights, the loss of their custody rights, and the loss of their freedom.

Additionally, being arrested for domestic violence can have a significant impact on personal relationships and professional life. At HJP Legal, we are dedicated to resolving your domestic violence charges and getting the best outcome for you and your loved ones in Orange County and beyond.

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