Top Domestic Violence Defense



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.  You face losing your gun rights, your freedom and your ability to see your partner and your children.


Our lawyers have defended thousands of domestic violence cases over the years and we take them extremely seriously.  There are numerous defenses that may apply to your case.  And, it's possible that you should never have been arrested.

We 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 being the best Monterey domestic violence attorneys, we consider the client as a whole person, not just a legal matter to be addressed and forgotten. 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.

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 and you could, unwittingly, give the police and the D.A. evidence that will hurt your case in court. 

Call the best Monterey domestic violence lawyers who will protect you and your rights. 

A Thorough Investigation Can Avoid Charges Ever Being Filed

Our team will immediately gather every report, review video, interview witnesses, collect and take photographs and listen to any 911 calls. 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 and loss of your gun rights.  Some domestic violence charges are also deportable offenses.  If you are on DACA or are undocumented we have an immigration attorney who works with us to help you resolve your case in the safest way possible.

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 from skilled and caring Salinas domestic violence lawyers if you are facing these consequences.

Defense Strategies for Domestic Violence Charges

If you are accused of domestic violence, you should obtain top-rated legal help immediately. Over the last thirteen years, our lawyers have defended thousands 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 Monterey domestic violence defense attorney on your side to protect your rights. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.  You can always expect honest legal advice from our firm. Call (831) 783-0222 so we can start building your defense now.

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The Crawford Law Firm has been committed to its clients for over fourteen years. Our focus is DUI and criminal cases in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties.

Free consultations are by appointment and we here to ease your mind and fight for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.