Lake Charles Domestic Violence Lawyers
Victim’s Rights or False Allegations, We Will Defend You.
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.
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:
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:
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. 46:2132 – 46:2136.3, 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.
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.
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:
Domestic violence can be an emotional and contentious situation – don’t fight this battle alone. The Lake Charles criminal defense lawyers at Johnson Firm will help you through this difficult time, outlining your options and supporting you throughout the legal process.