When you need a capable Marin domestic violence attorney, count on the Law Office of Matt Sullivan for excellent legal representation and guidance. Domestic violence is an offense that is heavily punished under California law. Even if you are being investigated and have not been arrested, it is to your benefit to consult with an experienced lawyer. Once law enforcement is involved, it is no longer in your hands. By contacting Marin domestic violence lawyer Matt Sullivan immediately, defense actions can be initiated in order to protect you from the harsh penalties you may face if convicted.
Domestic violence encompasses a wide scope of offenses including assault, trespassing, spousal or child abuse, harassment and restraining order violations. Regardless of the offense you have been accused of or arrested for, it is critical that you obtain the services of a skilled Marin domestic violence attorney right away. A conviction will have a negative impact on other issues including having access to your home/property, child visitation/custody, and other areas of your life.
Whether you are innocent or believe you may have violated the law, an experienced Marin domestic violence lawyer can assist you so that the negative impact to your life is lessened. If convicted, you may face substantial fines along with jail/prison time, court ordered anger management classes, even restricted access to your own children. A permanent criminal record will impact many areas of your life, including your career and/or employment opportunities.
Attorneys who concentrate in this area of the law understand that simple arguments often become heated exchanges. You may be shocked to find that your spouse/partner has accused you of domestic violence, and feel that you have not done anything that would be considered violent or a threat of harm. However, never attempt to explain this to police in order to get yourself out of the situation, as they are not in a position to determine your guilt or innocence. Only a capable Marin domestic violence attorney can effectively prevent your rights from being violated by police or prosecutors.
These types of cases are often complex; although you do have rights, police often do not respect those rights. Two of the most important are your right to remain silent, and your right to an attorney. Do not let law enforcement persuade you into saying anything without the presence of your lawyer.
If you have been charged with domestic violence or are being investigated, do not hesitate to contact a qualified Marin domestic violence lawyer. At the Law Office of Matt Sullivan, you can count on strong, effective legal counsel and a caring, creative, committed advocate for you.
Domestic Violence in Marin-Frequently Asked Questions
What charges will the prosecutor file against me?
There are a number of common charges brought by the Marin District Attorney in a Domestic Violence case. You can be charged with a violation of Penal Code 273.5, basically injury to your spouse or cohabitant. You can be charged with a violation of Penal Code 243(e)(1), domestic battery. You could be charged with a violation of Penal Code 422, making a criminal threat. Another common charge is false imprisonment, a violation of Penal Code 236. If any children were in the house, the Marin County District Attorney may charge you with a violation of Penal Code 273(a), child endangerment.
What happens at my first court appearance?
At your first court appearance before the judge, in a misdemeanor or a felony, the Marin prosecutor may move to modify bail, even if you are already out of jail. Your defense attorney can object to any modification. It is possibly your defense attorney may move to have you released on your own recognizance or have bail reduced.
Most likely, the Marin prosecutor will file a request for a criminal protective order. This will prohibit you from having contact with your spouse or partner. In many cases, this can prohibit you from being able to return home while the case is pending. There are ways to move to modify this criminal protective order but it is really dependent on facts of the case.
The filing of a criminal protective order will require you to surrender all firearms you own or possess. The firearms can be held by a licensed gun store or sold through a licensed gun store, or transferred to another individual through a licensed gun store. My office can walk you through this process as we have helped many clients in this situation.
What happens if I go to trial in my Marin Domestic Violence case?
If you go trial in your Marin Domestic Violence case, you and your attorney will prepare beforehand and develop a theory and theme of your case. My office has years of experience preparing domestic violence cases for trial in Marin County. It’s a long process, and you will work closely with your lawyer in preparing your case for trial. Your attorney may file various motions to obtain all of the information from the prosecutor about the case. A trial consists of selecting a jury of your peers from a jury panel of between 60-300 county residents. After the jury is selected there are opening statements, presentation of evidence by both sides, and closing arguments. After closing arguments and jury instructions are read, the jury will deliberate until they reach verdict.
What happens if I plead guilty in my Marin Domestic Violence case?
The usual sentence in a misdemeanor case is to attend and complete the 52 week batterers program in Marin County, 3 year court probation, court fines and fees, and possibly between 5-45 days jail that can be completed on the Sheriff’s Work Program. If the other party is complaining of injury, and there is some evidence of injury, the Marin District Attorney may ask for more jail time. If the case is a felony, the sentence could be anywhere between 30 days or a few years in actual jail dependent on the severity of any injury.
Common Defenses in a Marin Domestic Violence Case
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