Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyer

Last Modified: April 4, 2024
Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer

Domestic violence cases in Los Angeles are severe and sensitive matters. At Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers, we understand these cases' complexities and emotional weight. Our law firm of experienced Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyers is well-equipped to handle the intricacies of domestic violence law, ensuring our clients receive the best possible defense.

With years of experience in domestic violence cases, we recognize the unique challenges they present. Our team's experienced domestic violence attorney will provide you with a strong defense. You need a criminal defense lawyer in your corner if you have been accused of a domestic violence crime.

Learn more about how our domestic violence lawyers can help you. Then, schedule a free case consultation with an experienced domestic violence lawyer from our criminal law firm.

Experienced Representation From a Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney for Your Case

Experienced representation

Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers offers unmatched legal representation in domestic violence cases. Our attorneys possess a deep understanding of California's domestic violence laws. Our domestic violence attorneys provide strategic defense tailored to each case's specifics, working tirelessly to defend your legal rights. Our experience in these cases means we're prepared for any scenario, including an accusation of elder abuse.

Our legal team takes a comprehensive approach to each case. We meticulously review every piece of evidence and every detail of the allegations. This thoroughness allows us to build a robust and effective defense strategy. We ensure your story is heard and fairly represented in court.

California Domestic Violence Laws

California's domestic violence laws are strict and comprehensive. They aim to protect alleged victims from harm and hold offenders accountable. These laws cover a range of behaviors, from physical abuse to emotional and psychological abuse. Understanding these laws is crucial in building a solid legal defense.

The laws in California define domestic violence as abuse or threats of abuse when the victim and the abuser are in an intimate relationship. This includes married couples, domestic partners, dating relationships, and cohabitants. Abuse is not limited to physical injury but can also include verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse. Our lawyers are well-versed in these laws and use this knowledge to protect your rights.

Specific Provisions Applicable in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has specific provisions and programs addressing domestic violence. These are aligned with California state laws but also include local initiatives and resources. Our lawyers stay updated on these local regulations to provide informed and effective legal representation. Many provisions are detailed under California Penal Code Section 273.5, which covers abuse against a spouse.

For instance, Los Angeles courts may issue protective orders in domestic violence cases. These orders aim to prevent further abuse by restricting the abuser's contact with the victim. Our attorneys understand the nuances of obtaining and contesting these orders. We guide our clients through this process, ensuring their voices are heard and their rights upheld. Further details are spelled in the California Domestic Violence Prevention Act, California Family Code Section 6200.

Types of Domestic Violence Offenses

Types of domestic violence offenses

Los Angeles recognizes various types of domestic violence offenses. They include:

Physical Assault

Physical assault in a domestic setting is a serious offense. It includes hitting, slapping, pushing, or other physical harm. Our lawyers understand the gravity of these charges and work to ensure a fair trial. We thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault. This is often charged under California PC 273.5; a felony conviction could lead to four years in prison.

In defending against physical assault charges, we scrutinize the evidence and witness testimonies. We challenge any inconsistencies or exaggerations in the prosecution's case. Our goal is to protect your rights and present a strong defense. We also consider the context of the incident, including any self-defense claims.


Threats of violence are also considered domestic abuse. This includes verbal threats, intimidating behavior, or actions that cause fear of harm. These cases often hinge on the interpretation of words and actions. Our lawyers are adept at examining the nuances of these situations.

We defend against allegations of threats by questioning the credibility and intent of the statements. We argue for a realistic interpretation of the events. Our team works to demonstrate the lack of intention to cause fear or harm. We strive to present your case in a fair and accurate light. This is often charged under California PC 422; a conviction could lead to up to three years in prison and a strike on your record.

Attempted Rape

Attempted rape in a domestic setting is treated with utmost seriousness. It involves an attempt to engage in sexual activity without consent. These allegations can have severe repercussions. Our attorneys handle these sensitive cases with the utmost care and discretion. This can be charged under California PC 290; a conviction could lead to 4.5 years in prison.

We examine the evidence meticulously, challenging any weak or ambiguous aspects. Our defense strategy often involves questioning the circumstances and intent behind the alleged attempt. We work to ensure that the court hears your side of the story. We aim to protect your legal rights while handling the case with the sensitivity it deserves.


Rape within a domestic relationship is a grave offense. It involves non-consensual sexual intercourse and is heavily penalized. Our lawyers understand the complexities involved in defending these cases. We approach them with professionalism and thoroughness. This is often charged under California PC 261; a conviction could lead to eight years in prison.

In defending against rape charges, we scrutinize all available evidence. This includes examining the credibility of testimonies and any physical evidence. We challenge any inconsistencies in the prosecution's case. We aim to provide a robust defense, maintaining your innocence until proven guilty.


Stalking involves repeated unwanted attention or harassment that creates fear. This can include following, monitoring, or repeatedly contacting the victim in a domestic context. These cases often involve complex evidence, including electronic communications. Our attorneys are skilled in dissecting this evidence to build your defense.


Kidnapping in a domestic violence context involves taking or holding someone against their will. This can include forcibly taking a child or partner. These charges are severe, and our lawyers treat them as such. We provide a vigorous defense, exploring every possible angle.

Legal Penalties for Domestic Violence Offenses

The legal penalties for domestic violence offenses can be severe.

Criminal Penalties

Criminal penalties for domestic violence can include jail time, fines, and mandatory counseling. The severity of the penalties often depends on the nature of the offense and the defendant's criminal history. Our lawyers work to minimize these penalties, advocating for alternatives like counseling or community service. We understand the long-term impact of these penalties and strive to protect your future. Many of the penalties have been spelled out above.

Civil Consequences

Domestic violence offenses can also have civil consequences. This can include restraining orders, loss of custody rights, and civil lawsuits for damages. These outcomes can significantly impact your life. Our team mitigates these consequences, defending your rights in criminal court, which will help with your civil court actions. You may also lose your right to own a gun for life.

Impact on Employment and Future Prospects

Convictions for domestic violence can affect your employment and prospects. It can lead to job loss, difficulty finding employment, and damage your reputation. Our attorneys understand these stakes and work to prevent or minimize these impacts. We aim to safeguard your immediate legal situation and your long-term future.

The Legal Process in Domestic Violence Cases

The legal process in domestic violence cases

The legal process in domestic violence cases involves several stages.

Arrest and Booking Procedures

If arrested for a domestic violence offense, you will undergo booking procedures. This includes taking your fingerprints and photographs. You will also provide personal information.

Arraignment and Bail Hearings

You will hear the charges against you at the arraignment and enter a plea. Our lawyers guide us on how to plead. Bail hearings determine if you can be released from custody before trial. We advocate for your release on reasonable terms.

Pretrial Proceedings and Evidence Gathering

During pretrial proceedings, both sides gather evidence. This includes witness statements, medical reports, and other relevant information. Our lawyers meticulously prepare for trial, ensuring we have a strong case. We also file motions that could be beneficial, like those to suppress evidence.

Trial and Sentencing

At trial, both the prosecution and defense present their cases. This includes witness testimonies and argumentation. Our lawyers are experienced trial attorneys, presenting your case clearly and persuasively. If convicted, sentencing follows. We advocate for leniency and alternatives to jail time.

Protective Orders and Restraining Orders in Los Angeles

Protective and restraining orders are standard in domestic violence cases. These orders aim to protect victims from further harm. They can restrict contact and impose other conditions. Our lawyers help clients understand these orders and navigate their implications.

Applying for or contesting a protective order involves legal procedures. We guide you throughout this process. Whether you need to obtain an order for protection or challenge one against you, we have the expertise to assist you. Our goal is to ensure your rights and interests are protected.

Statute of Limitations for Domestic Violence in Los Angeles

The statute of limitations sets the time limit for prosecuting domestic violence offenses. In Los Angeles, this period varies based on the severity of the crime but is usually five years. Understanding these time limits is essential for both the prosecution and defense. Our lawyers can advise you on how the statute of limitations affects your case.

Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges

Defense against domestic violence charges

Several defenses are available in domestic violence cases.

False Accusations

False accusations of domestic violence are unfortunately not uncommon. Our lawyers work to expose the truth, challenging unfounded allegations. We scrutinize the evidence and witness testimonies to uncover any inconsistencies or falsehoods. Our goal is to protect those wrongfully accused and ensure justice prevails.

Lack of Evidence

In some cases, the prosecution may not have sufficient evidence to prove domestic violence. We aggressively challenge weak or circumstantial evidence. Our team works to create doubt about the prosecution's case, emphasizing the principle of 'innocent until proven guilty.' We strive to prevent wrongful convictions based on inadequate evidence.


Self-defense is a valid defense in domestic violence cases. If you acted to protect yourself from immediate harm, we can argue this in your defense. Our lawyers gather evidence to support your claim of self-defense, including any relevant witness statements or medical reports. We aim to demonstrate that your actions were a necessary response to a threat.

Mitigating Circumstances

Mitigating circumstances can include a range of factors that reduce the severity of the offense. This might involve the defendant's mental state, history of abuse, or other personal circumstances. Our lawyers present these factors to the court, arguing for reduced penalties or alternative sentencing options. We understand that each case is unique and deserves a compassionate approach.

How Our Domestic Violence Lawyer at Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers Can Help if You've Been Accused of Domestic Violence

Initial Consultation and Case Assessment

During your initial consultation with Perlman & Cohen, we assess your case in detail. We listen to your side of the story and gather all necessary information. This first step is crucial in developing an effective defense strategy.

Client Confidentiality and Trust

We prioritize client confidentiality and trust. Understanding the sensitive nature of domestic violence cases, everything we discuss is confidential. Our clients can trust us with their personal and legal matters. We build strong attorney-client relationships based on respect and integrity.

Communication and Updates

Effective communication is vital in legal representation. We keep you informed about every development in your case. Our lawyers are always accessible to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Legal Fees and Payment Arrangements

We know that legal fees can be stressful. At Perlman & Cohen, we discuss fees and payment arrangements upfront. We aim to provide quality legal representation that is also affordable. We have transparent pricing and flexible payment plans to accommodate our clients' financial situations.

Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyer at Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers for a Free Consultation Today

Contact our experienced Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer

Contact Perlman & Cohen Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers for a free consultation.Our experienced Los Angeles domestic violence lawyers are ready to help you navigate your legal challenges. Los Angeles domestic violence conviction can change your life forever, so let us provide you with the most robust possible defense in your domestic violence case.

In your initial consultation, we'll discuss your case, provide legal advice, and outline a strategy for moving forward. We are committed to defending your rights and achieving the best possible outcome. Don't let domestic violence charges define your future.Contact us today to take the first step toward resolving your legal issues.

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