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Long Beach Domestic Violence Lawyers

Aggressively Defending Against DV Charges in Los Angeles County

Facing domestic violence charges can be terrifying. A criminal conviction can not only derail your future, but result in life-altering reputational damage. If you're facing domestic violence allegations in Long Beach or the surrounding area, Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP is committed to protecting your life and liberty in Los Angeles County. Whether an argument was misconstrued as violence or your neighbor overreacted to a run-of-the-mill spat, our firm can work tirelessly to reduce or drop the charges against you. Our top-rated defense attorneys have decades of experience to help establish a robust defense on your behalf. From negotiating the terms of your sentencing to fighting to dismiss inadmissible evidence in your case, our domestic violence defense lawyers are well-versed in criminal law to advocate for the favorable outcome you deserve. 

Arrested for domestic violence? Don’t throw away your life by failing to secure a strong defense. Call (310) 361-3068 to schedule a free consultation.

How Does California Law Define Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined as abuse or threats of abuse against an intimate partner when the victim and the abuser are in an intimate relationship. Domestic abuse can manifest in various forms, including sexual, verbal, or emotional (psychological) abuse, as well as threats, battery, and neglect. Common acts include hitting, pushing, threatening, stalking, and harassment. 

Under California Penal Code § 13700, an “intimate partner” extends to various parties, including: 

  • A current or former spouse
  • A current or former fiancé(e)
  • A person with whom you have or had a child
  • A current or former registered domestic partner
  • Someone you are seriously dating or dated in the past 
  • A current or former live-in romantic partner (“cohabitant”)

In a custody dispute, an “intimate partner” extends to your children, siblings and half-siblings, stepsiblings, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles, and nephews and nieces. 

Does Long Beach Have Domestic Violence Diversion Programs?

In some cases, the City of Long Beach may offer first-time offenders the opportunity to avoid harsh sentencing by completing a Domestic Violence Diversion Program (DVDP). The purpose of diversion programs is to educate and rehabilitate offenders. They generally involve mandatory counseling and other conditions set forth by the court. Successful completion of the program can result in the dismissal of charges.

If you're facing domestic abuse allegations, consulting with an experienced domestic violence attorney is critical to negotiating a fair sentence. Your lawyer can evaluate the unique circumstances of your case to determine if a diversion program may be beneficial. At Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, our lawyers have over 60 years of collective experience to guide your legal steps wisely while fighting tirelessly to restore your freedom. 

Penalties for Domestic Violence Offenses

Domestic violence is a "wobbler" offense in California, meaning it may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity of the offense, any prior convictions, and other specific factors. A misdemeanor conviction can result in up to one year in jail and/or fines of up to $6,000, while a felony conviction can result in several years of imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000.

What Are the Courthouse Hours in Long Beach for Domestic Violence Cases?

The Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse has jurisdiction over cases in Long Beach, Signal Hill, Catalina Island, San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, and portions of the county strip. The courthouse is open on weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 

Remember, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified defense attorney who can help you manage important deadlines and court appearances to ensure you’re in the right place at the right time.

Can I Own a Firearm While Facing Domestic Violence Charges in Long Beach?

Under California’s 2016 “red flag” law, individuals are generally prohibited from buying or owning firearms if they have been convicted of domestic violence-related crimes or are currently under restraining orders involving domestic violence, civil harassment, or associated crimes. In other words, if you’re facing domestic violence charges, you may be subject to temporary gun confiscation—even if you haven’t been convicted. 

Our seasoned defense attorneys can help you navigate the legal complexities of these restrictions and fight to protect your Second Amendment rights.

How Can a Domestic Violence Lawyer Help?

If you’ve been accused of domestic violence, securing experienced representation from a skilled defense attorney is nonnegotiable to safeguard your freedom and future. In addition to defending your rights in the courtroom, your lawyer can also fight to dismiss inadmissible evidence, establish an appropriate defense on your behalf, negotiate effectively with prosecutors, and explore potential diversion programs or other alternative sentencing options that may reduce or dismiss some of the charges you’re facing.

Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges

While defending against domestic violence charges can be intimidating, you don’t have to fight alone. By partnering with a trusted lawyer, you can determine an appropriate legal strategy to employ on your behalf and potentially avoid severe penalties. Some common defenses against domestic violence include: 

  • Self-defense or defense of others: This approach argues that the defendant acted in self-defense or in defense of others to protect against imminent harm. 
  • False allegations: This strategy highlights evidence that the defendant was falsely accused. Your lawyer can help you identify inconsistencies or motives for the accuser to fabricate the claims, potentially dismissing the charges against you.
  • Insufficient evidence: This defense argues that the prosecution lacks sufficient evidence to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Accidental injury: This strategy argues that any harm caused was unintentional and occurred accidentally.
  • Mistaken identity: This approach provides evidence that someone else was responsible for the alleged abuse, potentially leading to dropped charges and clearing your name. 

When the Stakes Are High, We’re on Your Side

At Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, we understand the high stakes involved in criminal matters. That's why our highly skilled advocates are committed to safeguarding your life and liberty in Long Beach and beyond. With a proven track record of results and decades of legal experience, our defense attorneys have an in-depth understanding of California law to diligently defend your rights while advocating for the second chance you deserve. From negotiating plea deals to fighting against inadmissible evidence in the courtroom, our award-winning firm is dedicated to guiding your legal steps with wisdom and clarity. No matter the charges against you, you can expect us to keep you informed and up-to-date throughout your case while working tirelessly to clear your name. 

When your future is on the line, securing a strong defense is critical to avoiding life-altering penalties. Contact us online to discuss your case. 

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