When you have been accused of or arrested for domestic violence, attorney Matt Sullivan is experienced, skilled and aggressive, providing unsurpassed legal guidance and representation to every client. Without effective legal counsel, those charged with this serious criminal offense face severe penalties which may include fines, jail time and counseling. We understand that domestic violence affects the entire family, including children. At the Law Office of Matt Sullivan, you can rely on a professional with compassion, a domestic violence lawyer with the skill and in-depth understanding necessary to achieve a good outcome.
What are the penalties you may face if arrested on charges of domestic violence? Depending upon your individual circumstances and whether it is charged as a misdemeanor or felony, you may face prison/jail time of as much as 3 years, fines, a lifetime ban on possessing firearms, probation, anger management classes, the 52 week batterer’s intervention program and more. Regardless of the circumstances, it is critical that you consult with a seasoned San Mateo domestic violence attorney as soon as you have been arrested.
The severity of the punishment you face if convicted will depend on factors such as whether injury occurred, the severity of the injury, whether a weapon was involved, etc. Regardless of whether you believe you are innocent or that you committed some unlawful act, you should discuss your case with a qualified domestic violence lawyer with experience defending cases in San Mateo County who will work to determine what defense may be used on your behalf, or if it would be to your advantage to enter a plea, seek to negotiate a plea to a lesser charge, or set your case for trial.
Some of the defenses used by skilled attorneys include self-defense, lack of injury to the alleged victim, false accusations made by the alleged victim, accident, intoxication issues, alibi defense. If you made any statements to the police, there may be issues that need to be raised related to any failure on the part of police to read the accused his/her Miranda Rights. Your domestic violence attorney will review the details of your case and work with you to determine the best course of action to take in order to protect your legal rights and freedom. In some situations it is to the accused individual's advantage to consider an alternative sentence which may include electronic home monitoring, community service or other options.
Domestic violence is a serious offense that can negatively impact your career, reputation and family, including child custody and divorce proceedings. Whether you are guilty or innocent of the charges leveled against you, it is important that you have a capable domestic violence lawyer to defend you in your San Mateo County case, and work with you to determine the best solution for your unique circumstances, whether it requires litigation or negotiating a plea bargain. Contact us today for exceptional legal guidance and representation.