Getting information about domestic violence defense strategies is a real pain. Those who are arrested and/or charged with committing any type of domestic violence offense are often treated like garbage. These days, the court of public opinion often condemns these types of defendants the moment they are arrested, making it particularly difficult to prove their innocence. Despite the odds, there are several opportunities for defendants to avoid being convicted and move on with their lives, but it takes hard work, careful planning, and a skilled legal mind.
Having represented countless abuse defendants over the last several years, I suspect that you are thinking about defending your charges on your own or with a public defender. If this applies to you, I suggest taking advantage of a confidential consultation from a skilled attorney as soon as possible. Although some public defenders are good, some of them are not. Several attorneys offer free case evaluations that can help you better understand what options you have available.
Establishing YOUR Defense
It is important to note that a person’s strategy for defending themselves should be based upon the available evidence. Defending a PC 273.5 charge is very different from defending other similar offenses. If you claim that you were trying to protect yourself, but your crimes are pertaining to the beating of a 6-year-old, you can expect prosecutors to make you look foolish. The way in which your case is defended should help explain the available evidence in a way that helps show that you are not guilty of your crimes.
Common Defense Strategies
1. You’ve got the wrong guy! For these types of cases, this can be especially hard to prove, but, if it is true, defendants often have multiple opportunities to convince the powers that be. In most cases, if you provide some form of proof that shows you were not at the scene of the crime when it took place, there is little that the prosecution can do. If you weren’t there, you couldn’t have done it.
2. She is lying! Unfortunately, there have been several instances in which a person provides court authorities with false allegations of domestic abuse with the purpose of exacting some form of revenge against the defendant. Sometimes, when couples fight tooth and nail over custody of their children, these types of false allegations can surface so that one party can gain an advantage over the other. By exposing inconsistencies in the “victim’s” story through use of available evidence, you may be able to prove that you are the victim.
3. I was just trying to protect myself! If the “victim” was physically assaulting you, or was attempting to endanger you in some way, and your actions were an attempt to protect you or a loved one, you should not be convicted of any form of abuse. This can be difficult to prove, especially for males suspected of violence against females, but there are several instances where this has been effective.
I’m Guilty. Is There Hope?
I’ve helped a lot of people facing these types of charges and I can say whole-heartedly that many of those who are guilty are not bad people, they have just lost their way. If prosecutors are successful in their attempts to put you behind bars, will you be able to work on becoming less violent? Studies show that time in jail and/or prison can make people more violent than they were previously. There are other options than going to jail, such as alternative sentencing programs (anger management, house arrest, ect.).
With help from a skilled attorney, you may be able to avoid jail altogether and work on becoming a less violent person. If authorities improperly handled evidence or performed certain types of illegal acts during the course of their investigation, you may still have an opportunity to have your charges dropped and your case dismissed.
If you are suspected or have been arrested for a criminal offense, we invite you to contact our law offices for a free confidential case evaluation. Call (888) 250-2865 to get in touch with a Law Offices of Randy Collins domestic violence defense attorney today. We can help you better understand your alleged crimes and help determine what California domestic violence defense strategies are best for you.