What Constitutes Domestic Violence?
Abuse & Neglect
Domestic violence includes violence between people who reside together, with a girlfriend or boyfriend, or with an ex-spouse. It includes such actions as slapping, sexual abuse, rape, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, threats and intimidation. Once the authorities are involved, you need to take action to protect your rights by not answering any questions about the incident until you have spoken with an attorney at Okabe & Haushalter. Even if the alleged victim decides not to make a complaint and you are not arrested at the scene, an officer may investigate further and return later with an arrest warrant.
Defense for Misdemeanor & Felony Charges
An accusation of domestic violence can result in criminal misdemeanor or felony charges and result in harsh penalties. These may include incarceration in a local jail or state prison, counseling and anger management classes, fines, and community service and a criminal record. Conviction can also have a negative impact on visitation or child custody or on an on-going divorce case. A false allegation can endanger your future just as much as an accusation based on fact. The law firm of Okabe & Haushalter provides skilled and aggressive defense for clients who may be charged or have been charged with committing an act or threat of violence. A domestic violence lawyer at our firm provides effective defense strategies geared to hold up in court and protect your rights under the law.
With extensive experience as a former prosecutor, Ryan King, managing attorney of our San Francisco office, has extensive insight into the prosecution's method of building a case. In investigating and analyzing the case against you we can build a defense to counter exaggerated claims, suppress crucial evidence against you or prove your innocence. By consulting a criminal defense lawyer at our firm you could change the outcome of your case.