Facing Domestic Violence Charges In San Francisco?

Domestic violence crimes are among the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in California. Depending upon the severity of the domestic abuse or criminal threats, punishment can result in a jail sentence of up to one year or incarceration in state prison. Large fines, mandatory counseling sessions, mandatory alcohol education classes, temporary or permanent restraining orders and a lifetime ban on firearm possession may also be required. If you are not a U.S. citizen, conviction on domestic abuse could lead to your deportation.

At Fitch Law Office, in San Francisco, we provide equally aggressive defense throughout the Bay Area against domestic violence charges. Attorney Angeli R. Fitch understands the nuances that differentiate a true act of domestic violence from a heated argument that may have gotten out of hand.

We investigate all aspects of your case with the goal of getting your charges reduced or dismissed.

Under California criminal law, domestic violence is defined as violence occurring within relationships between spouses, co-habitating partners, people who are dating, people who have children in common and people who have formerly been in these relationships.

An Experienced Protective Order Attorney You Can Trust

California's domestic violence laws state that domestic abuse involves:

  • An individual who is physically hurting or trying to hurt someone, intentionally or recklessly
  • Sexual assault
  • Threats that make someone reasonably afraid that he or she or someone else will be seriously hurt
  • Behavior like harassing, stalking, threatening or hitting someone
  • Disturbing one's peace or destroying someone's personal property

A domestic violence case can be tried as either a felony or a misdemeanor. The prosecutor decides based largely on the specific circumstances of the case, including whether a victim was seriously injured.

Domestic violence can be the result of addiction, mental illness or some other psychological problem. Attorney Fitch is extremely well-versed in the extenuating circumstances that can result in criminal behavior. If the facts of a client's case deem it appropriate, she may determine it is wise to negotiate with prosecutors or ask a judge for alternative sentencing, such as a drug addiction or rehabilitation program.

Defending You Against Restraining Orders

Often, a restraining order or an order of protection is issued as part of a domestic violence case. This prohibits the alleged abuser from coming within a certain distance of the alleged victim or from contacting him or her. It could force you to move out of your home and prevent you from seeing your children.

If a restraining order is obtained under false means, we will help you contest the restraining order and work to have it lifted.

If you face domestic assault charges in Northern California, do not hesitate to call 415-906-3440 or email us to schedule a consultation. The sooner our San Francisco domestic violence lawyer is able to work on your case, the sooner she can develop a legal strategy that will produce the best possible outcome.