Defending You From Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously by prosecutors in our state. If you were wrongly accused or made a serious mistake, you do not want to risk facing the state’s attorney without a qualified criminal defense attorney by your side. As soon as you are charged, contact us at Phillips Law – we are ready to help you get through this difficult time.
Help For Your Domestic Violence Issue
Prompt legal attention can be a benefit for domestic violence issues. If you are involved with a domestic violence dispute, contact us immediately to speak to a New Orleans domestic violence attorney. The earlier we are involved, the more time we have to build a custom-tailored defense strategy.
It is important to take strong action for criminal defense of any domestic violence case. Penalties range from six months in jail for a first misdemeanor offense to five years in prison for a third felony offense. No matter what a domestic violence issue involves, it is our goal to move a case forward while protecting our client’s rights. We challenge evidence to get your case dismissed, fight for an acquittal during trial and if a conviction is unavoidable, they will seek counseling programs instead of jail time. We provide the strong legal guidance clients need to effectively resolve domestic violence issues.
Dealing With Protective Orders
If you have been accused of domestic violence, the alleged victim may file for a temporary or permanent protective order that will prohibit you from coming into contact with your accuser. It is important to note that you should not try to handle this legal matter on your own. Calling or texting the alleged victim may result in incarceration and additional criminal charges.
There are two types of protection orders in Louisiana:
- Restraining order: These temporary orders are usually filed during the beginning of a domestic violence case and remain valid for a 10-day period before a protective order hearing.
- Order of protection: Before a protective order is filed, allegations can be contested in a hearing. A judge can grant a protective order for a period of six months to 18 months. Protective orders are matters of public record and filed with the federal government. Additional criminal charges and jail time can result if protective orders are not followed.
To obtain a protective order, the accuser must prove an instance of abuse or that he or she faces imminent harm or injury. Even if no physical violence has occurred, the law may be on the accuser’s side. You could face loss of employment and loss of civil rights, including the right to possess a gun or ammunition. To protect yourself from serious consequences, put your case in the hands of an experienced defense lawyer as soon a possible.
For More Information About Domestic Violence And Protective Orders
At Phillips Law, we are committed to helping our clients successfully resolve their domestic violence issues with skill and compassion. Contact us at 504-521-7799 to discuss your matter with a dedicated New Orleans defense attorney.
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