Domestic Violence


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Whether your case is a felony or misdemeanor district attorneys take domestic violence charges very seriously and the consequences for a conviction can be devastating.

Our lawyers will support and fight for you during this difficult time in your life.  We take a holistic approach to legal services. This means that, in addition to providing stellar courtroom and motion work, we consider the client as a whole person, not just a legal matter to be addressed. Our lawyers are present, focused, sharp, compassionate, willing, understanding, assertive, strong, and ready to guide you through a confusing and complex experience with the legal system.

Over the years, We have represented hundreds of men and women whose cases where dismissed. Simply being accused of domestic violence is often enough to cause the police to arrest you, even without evidence of guilt.  The Crawford Law Firm does not accept this kind of unconstitutional practice.  Please do not talk to the police.  Everything you say will be used against you.  Call a lawyer who will protect you first.

Our team will immediately gather every report, interview each witness, and, when appropriate, collect and take photographs and listen to every 911 call. This investigation often provides the information we need to get a case dismissed or to convince the D.A. that charges should never be filed at all.

Criminal Penalties in California for Domestic Violence

If convicted of domestic violence in California, you may face jail time, a Criminal Protective Order mandating that you have no contact with the alleged victim in the case, a year of anger management classes, fines, restitution and a permanent criminal record.  Some domestic violence charges are also deportable offenses. If the injuries are severe enough you will be charged with a felony and face two, three or four years in prison unless felony probation is granted.  You need legal protection if you are facing these consequences.

Defense Strategies for Domestic Violence Charges

If you are accused of domestic violence, you should obtain experienced legal help immediately. Over the last thirteen years, our lawyers have defended hundreds of individuals facing domestic charges.

There are many possible defenses to a DV charge, including: you were defending yourself and the police officer failed to properly determine who the dominant aggressor was in the relationship (this is a very important defense that is often missed); your significant other lied in order to have an impact on a family law proceeding; injuries resulted from an accident; or the injuries were not the result of your actions.

You need an experienced domestic violence defense attorney on your side to protect your rights. Our lawyers offer free consultations and honest legal advice. Call (831) 783-0222 so she can start building your defense now.

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The Crawford Law Firm, Inc. is committed to answering your questions about Criminal Defense law issues in Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties.

We offer a free consultation and we'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.