A domestic violence lawyer can keep you out of custody, fight restraining orders, and preserve your reputation. When the justice system intervenes in your family life, you need the best lawyer for domestic violence on your side.
What’s at risk if you are convicted of a domestic violence charge
A domestic violence conviction can cost you:
- your job
- your professional license
- custody of your children
- your right to own guns
With all of this at stake, you need the best domestic violence lawyer you can find.
The Cohen Defense Group is the largest criminal defense firm in Placer County, California. We serve clients from Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Newcastle, Penryn, Loomis, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Yuba City, Sacramento and more.
Why You Need a Lawyer Even if the Accuser Wants to Drop Charges
When the police respond to a domestic dispute, they are likely to make an arrest. This generates a police report that goes to the District Attorney’s office for charging. In many cases, the dispute itself has been resolved between the parties before the District Attorney files charges. The accusing party does NOT have the power to drop the charges – only the District Attorney can do that.
Our domestic violence lawyers will work to convince the District Attorney not to file charges against you.
Call us immediately at (530) 823-7700 or (916) 596-2700 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation with one of our experienced domestic violence lawyers so that we can make a difference before charges are filed.
What You Can Expect from Us
What makes us the best lawyers for domestic violence? Training and experience. When you hire the Cohen Defense Group you get access to:
- A team of experienced domestic violence defense lawyers who can demonstrate that you have been falsely accused, that you acted in self-defense, or simply that there is more to the story than the police report conveys.
- Domestic violence lawyers with decades of experience along with young attorneys from the best law schools in California who can investigate and use social media and electronic communications to attack the prosecution’s case.
- The resources to investigate the witnesses against you for violent behavior and dishonesty so that we can defend you at trial.
- The resources to gather mitigating information that convinces the court to treat you fairly.
- Domestic violence lawyers who will work every angle to minimize the consequences to you, from pre-charging communication with the District Attorney to negotiating a resolution that keeps you out of custody, to litigating the case at trial and filing an appeal.
Whatever you are facing, we can handle it.
Domestic Violence Frequently Asked Questions
What is domestic violence?
“Domestic violence” crimes involve family members or people in a dating relationship and include several types of crimes, such as:
Violating a criminal protective order
What are the differences between misdemeanor and felony domestic violence charges?
Misdemeanor charges are considered less serious than felony charges.
A misdemeanor can result in a jail sentence of one year or less
Our domestic violence lawyers can help get alternative sentencing for misdemeanors like community service or home confinement that allows you to keep your job and be home for your family.
Felony domestic violence charges usually involve:
Serious injury, such as broken bones
A prior record of domestic violence arrests or convictions
Other illegal behavior at the same time as domestic violence
A felony can result in a state prison sentence of several years
Our domestic violence lawyers will fight to help you avoid a felony conviction.
What happens if I am arrested for domestic violence?
If you are arrested for domestic violence you may:
Go to jail
Lose your job
Not pass background checks
Be subject to a restraining order that prevents you from contacting your spouse and your children
Be subject to monitoring for alcohol and drug use.
Our domestic violence lawyers can help minimize the consequences of a domestic violence arrest.
What happens if I am convicted of domestic violence?
Consequences of a domestic violence conviction include:
Batterer’s Treatment Program (“BTP”), a 52-week class you must pay for
Formal, searchable probation
Fines and fees, including restitution, probation supervision, and court costs
Losing your right to have a gun
Negative impact on child custody disputes.
How can you defend me from a domestic violence prosecution?
Our domestic violence lawyers can defend you by demonstrating that:
You acted in self-defense
The witness against you is lying
The charges are outside of the statute of limitations, and more
How much does a domestic violence lawyer cost?
When deciding whether to hire a lawyer for domestic violence charges, you need to know how much it will cost. Fees vary depending on whether the charges are misdemeanors or felonies, whether there have been prior incidents, and what the allegations are.
At the Cohen Defense Group, we charge a flat fee so that you know the cost up front. When you come in for your free consultation, we will tell you the cost so that you can plan effectively.