Domestic Violence Attorney

Lake Charles Domestic Violence Lawyers

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Domestic violence is a serious offense. The Johnson Firm can help you get the protection you need or free you from the weight of a domestic violence offense.

When you need a protective order or help pressing charges against an offender, The Johnson Firm can navigate the legal system for you. That way, you can get back to living a safe and peaceful life. 

If you’ve been accused of domestic violence and are seeking a strong defense against allegations, The Johnson Firm has the knowledge and history to create a rock-solid defense on your behalf.

OVERVIEW OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENSES IN LOUISIANA

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse or family violence, involves a wide range of physical, verbal, or sexual offenses in a domestic setting such as in a marriage or a domestic partnership. The persons involved include family members, household members, or dating partners. 

Domestic violence entails both physical and non-physical abuse. Punishments are associated with the level and type of abuse, as well as the number of past offenses. Additionally, false accusations signed under oath can result in fines and imprisonment. 

Domestic violence scenarios include:

  • Intimidation through displaying weapons, destroying property, threatening gestures, etc. 
  • Emotional abuse through name-calling, mind games, or humiliation (both public and private)
  • Sexual abuse through forcing sexual acts or involving other people against your will, purposely passing on STI’s, or causing harm during sexual encounters
  • Physical harm through punching, pushing, strangling, slapping, etc., along with prevention from contacting authorities or pursuing medical attention, hurting children, or prohibiting the other party from eating/drinking 

Domestic abuse battery is one type of domestic abuse offense. Domestic abuse battery involves: The intentional use of force or violence committed by one household member or family member upon another. According to La. R.S. 14:35.3, the following are punishments that can occur in cases of domestic abuse battery: 

  • Fines between $300 and $5,000
  • Imprisonment (with and without hard labor), from a few days to 50 years
  • Probation or parole
  • A domestic abuse intervention program 

The first offense could carry penalties up to a $1,000 fine and imprisonment for six months, with a minimum of 48 hours served. In the most severe cases, such as burning (injury through chemical or thermal reaction) which results in serious bodily injury, the offender can serve up to 50 years. 

Another type of domestic abuse involves Domestic abuse aggravated assault which involves an assault with a dangerous weapon. Such offense warrants its own set of penalties, which can include a fine of up to $5,000 and incarceration for up to 5 years. 

According to La. R.S. 46:213246:2136.3, domestic abuse, whether physical or non-physical, can result in a petition for a protective order and/or restraining order. The offender can also be prohibited from the possession of a firearm while a protective order is active. 

Regardless of the type of domestic abuse that you’re involved in, The Johnson Firm is here to be your guide through this difficult process. 

WHY CHOOSE OUR TOP DEFENSE TEAM

Let The Johnson Firm advocate for you and aggressively stand up for your rights. Whether you are the victim of domestic violence or have been accused of the crime, we are your support every step of the way. We will lead you to get the best results in your case and work hard in your defense.

If you have experienced domestic violence, we make it our mission to gather all the evidence and facts to charge the appropriate penalties against your offender, as well as exercise your right to a protective order. Your safety is our goal.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, we thoroughly study your case to win justice on your behalf. We argue any flaws in your case and minimize or eliminate penalties whenever possible.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFENSES

At the very first hearing in your case, our criminal defense attorney files numerous motions requesting any and all evidence that the prosecutor intends to use against you in order to strategically employ defenses aimed at achieving the best possible outcome in your case, whether it be a reduction in charge(s) or an outright dismissal. These motions also demand evidence that the State has in its possession which is favorable to the defendant’s case, commonly referred to as exculpatory evidence. Likewise, often times it is necessary for additional motions be filed to demand evidence not initially disclosed that shed light on a sloppy investigation, dishonest police officers, or a failure by the police to preserve evidence and/or follow policy.  To that end, evidence may be suppressed (i.e. ruled inadmissible/thrown out) if it is determined that such evidence was unconstitutionally seized or if the police officer failed to preserve evidence properly as required by law. The following are some domestic violence defenses that have been successfully utilized:

  1. No Intent: It must be proven that a person had specific intent to harm the alleged victim. However, the defendant may not have been able to form intent for various reasons, including but not limited to, incapacity due to mental illness/medical condition, involuntary intoxication, or an honest mistake. When such is the case, our criminal defense attorney and our investigator will zealously investigate the case to find corroborating evidence to support this defense in court and/or to bolster negotiations with the prosecutor to have your case dismissed or substantially reduced prior to trial.
  1. Self Defense and/or Defense of Others: If a person feels threatened or has a reasonable fear that someone else would be harmed or their property would be damaged, they have a legal right to defend themselves, others, and/or their property. Louisiana is a stand your ground state. Likewise, our criminal defense attorney has successfully gotten cases dismissed and won jury trials based on this defense. 
  2. False Allegations:  In some cases, an alleged victim will fabricate some or all of their version of events to officers with the sole purpose of getting the other person arrested. When such is the case, our criminal defense attorney and our investigator will zealously investigate the case to find corroborating evidence to support this defense in court and/or to bolster negotiations with the prosecutor to have your case dismissed or substantially reduced prior to trial.
  3. Violation of Constitutional Rights: Everyone has a constitutional right against self-incrimination; therefore, an officer must advise a person of their rights, including their right to refuse questioning, prior to any interrogation and/or testing. Officers routinely fail to properly honor a suspect’s right to refuse questioning or cutoff questioning. Accordingly, when the officer fails to honor the suspect’s rights, statements made by the subject may be suppressed and the charges dismissed.
  4. Missing Video Footage: Law enforcement agencies have specific policies and procedures in place that mandate officers to record their investigation and interaction with parties involved. Therefore, unit and/or body camera footage should be available from every officer that was on scene assisting with the investigation in order to give an accurate depiction of the events that took place. When material and or exculpatory video is lost, our criminal defense attorney will seek to have the charges dismissed based on a violation of due process.
  5. Warrantless Search/Seizure: Officers must obtain a valid warrant prior to searching and seizing evidence from a person’s property.  If the facts listed in the affidavit supporting the warrant do not constitute probable cause, our criminal defense attorney will file a Motion to Suppress the evidence seized as a result of the invalid warrant. This can result in your charge(s) being dismissed or drastically reduced.

GET JUSTICE WITH THE JOHNSON FIRM

Domestic violence can be an emotional and contentious situation – don’t fight this battle alone. The Johnson Firm will help you through this difficult time, outlining your options and supporting you throughout the legal process. 

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We believe every person deserves a fair, honest, and just defense and defend clients charged with the pettiest of offenses to the most serious of crimes.

Our attorneys will thoroughly examine every detail of your case and fight to resolve any discrepancies revealed. We have a passion for the truth and will challenge anyone who attempts to obscure it.