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Domestic Violence

Contra Costa County Domestic Violence Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested for domestic violence, you need to speak with a skilled criminal domestic violence defense attorney right away.  Daniel Horowitz and Daniel Russo are certified criminal defense specialists.  Only several hundred California criminal defense attorneys are permitted to use that designation.  A Contra Costa County criminal defense lawyer will have a better sense of the culture of the Contra Costa County court system, judges and prosecutors than an out of town, 1-800 cookie cutter law firm.

A domestic violence attorney has to carefully balance complex family relationship issues and the long term job, gun ownership, divorce and other issues that follow DV charges.  Our Lafayette law office gives us great familiarity with the judges, other attorneys, schools and other key factors in managing a DV case that involves complex family issues

The core DV offense involves causing a traumatic condition to a spouse, former spouse, a person with whom the offender has or previously had a dating or engagement relationship, a person with whom the offender has a child, or a cohabitant.   At its core however are complex human factors that go beyond just the elements of the crime.

The actual criminal code section for domestic violence is Penal Code Section 273.5(a) which states: "Any person who willfully inflicts corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a victim described in subdivision (b) is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of up to six thousand dollars ($6,000) or by both that fine and imprisonment."

Looking beyond the basic DV crime itself, we look at the impact of a DV charge and / or a DV conviction. 

A domestic violence conviction will have tremendous impact on child custody issues in a divorce. They will affect professional licenses and employment.  Courts and prosecutors are vary aggressive with domestic violences because they are a class of case that often repeat and erupt in greater levels of violence. 

Comprehensive Defense Strategies for Domestic Violence Cases

As criminal defense attorneys we defend these cases but as counselors at law, we also attempt to defuse the triggers that led to the initial incident.   The need to defuse a triggering situation distinguishes the best attorney for a criminal case from the best attorney for a Domestic Violence case.  A marriage, a long term relationship, shared property and children greater encourage repeated conflict.   The close relationship between domestic partners absolutely guarantees an ability on both sides to “push buttons”.  This makes the defense of a DV case different from standard criminal defense.

Get Help Now: Contact Our Experienced DV Defense Team at (925) 291-5388 to schedule a consultation.

Domestic Violence & Child Custody Meet Criminal Law

A criminal defense lawyer doesn't seem necessary in divorce court.   But there Family Law statutes make domestic violence a major factor in custody battles.  Often child custody becomes weaponized so that statutes that are legitimately designed to protect a family against a violent spouse are twisted into tools of manipulation.    

Family Code section 3044 starts with the following paragraph:

(a) Upon a finding by the court that a party seeking custody of a child has perpetrated domestic violence within the previous five years against the other party seeking custody of the child, or against the child or the child’s siblings, or against a person in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 3011 with whom the party has a relationship, there is a rebuttable presumption that an award of sole or joint physical or legal custody of a child to a person who has perpetrated domestic violence is detrimental to the best interest of the child, pursuant to Sections 3011 and 3020. This presumption may only be rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence.

We support the children in a divorce and in most cases, two parents working together is the only proper solution.  If things have gone South and you are being unfairly excluded from custody due to fabricated or exaggerated conduct, our domestic violence team can work with your Family Lawyer to protect you.  If you don't have a Family lawyer, we can help guide you to an attorney who is a good match.



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