If you have been arrested for assault and battery, accused of domestic violence or spousal abuse, or served with a restraining order, you will need the help of a skilled attorney. These days, the political climate works against a person who is accused of a violent crime, whether or not that accusation is credible or factual. Accused persons find themselves fighting an uphill battle of fighting the guilty until proven innocent stigma in the minds of the police, prosecutors and the public in general. That’s where John Patrick Dolan comes in – he is a Criminal Law Specialist who will protect your rights.
Domestic violence laws apply equally to heterosexual and to gay or lesbian same-sex relationships. Per protocol, police arrest the accused for felony domestic assault – prohibiting a suspect’s release on their own recognizance – regardless of whether the prosecutor ultimately files the charges as a felony or misdemeanor. The District Attorney and City Attorney aggressively prosecute all reported incidents of violence in the home, whether the alleged victim refuses to press charges or denies their initial accusations. Prosecutors will not drop or reduce domestic violence charges even when the alleged victim requests that they do so or refuses to testify in court.
The penalties for domestic violence are severe and include probation, anger management, batterers’ treatment counseling programs and jail or prison. Even if you are released on bail, you may be ordered not to return to your home and to stay away from your partner and sometimes even your whole family. A conviction for assault or domestic violence can affect your rights to see your children, affect your property rights, and seriously affect your immigration status or result in deportation.
John Patrick Dolan is a Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist with over 40 years of experience handling cases in felony and municipal courts. He is a life member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and a member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers. He always makes sure his clients’ legal rights are protected and fights for them in court. So don’t wait if you or someone you love has been charged with assault, domestic violence, or spousal abuse. Dolan Law Offices can help you!