DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES

New Orleans Domestic Violence Lawyer

Experienced New Orleans Domestic Abuse Attorney

 

As your attorney, it is my job to understand the impacts of an assault, battery or domestic abuse charge. In addition to fines and jail time, you could lose custody or visitation of your children, lose your job, and lose many other important relationships. You may already feel anxious and alone. It’s imperative to hire Crescent City Law if you’ve been charged with domestic abuse battery because a conviction can never be expunged. I am determined to serve as your advocate and fight on your behalf for the best outcome possible.

 

Domestic Abuse Battery in New Orleans can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Regardless, these charges always carry serious penalties. Fights, whether verbal or physical, can happen anywhere and between anyone. It can be anything from an argument between family members to domestic abuse. If an individual presses charges against you, you will immediately be facing serious consequences.

 

Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, it is crucial that you contact Crescent City Law by filling out a contact form or by calling 504-264-9492 as soon as possible. We can begin to investigate the details surrounding your arrest, including interviewing the alleged victim and any other witnesses. In many circumstances, with a well-formed defense, I am able to have these charges dismissed or reduced.

 

Serious Consequences

 

Domestic violence charges carry serious consequences. Punishment for the conviction of domestic violence extends beyond the criminal penalties. Loss of civil liberties may include:

  • Restraining orders that could prohibit contact with your spouse, children, and family. Violation can result in fines, jail time, or both.
  • Monetary damages
  • Loss of child custody or visitation rights
  • Employment opportunities can be lessened. Many employers make domestic violence a disqualifying factor for certain types of employment.
  • A conviction can prohibit professional licensing or security clearance.
  • Under federal law, even a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction can result in a lifetime ban on possession or ownership of guns and ammunition; no exceptions are made for sporting, home defense, or employment.
  • Housing consequences: Public housing authorities and private landlords can run domestic violence background checks, which can disqualify tenants.
  • Loss of educational opportunities: A conviction of domestic violence can affect eligibility for admission into certain degree programs.

 

Domestic Abuse Battery in New Orleans

 

Louisiana code defines Domestic Abuse Battery as one household member intentionally using force or violence against another household member. Once a call is made to 911, a police officer arrives on the scene and takes statements from both parties. The police do not fully investigate the accused’s innocence, and their initial investigation is typically completed within a few minutes. Therefore, the decision on whether or not to make an arrest can be overwhelmingly quick.

 

Restraining Orders and Protective Orders in New Orleans

 

Restraining orders are routinely granted without hearing from the accused. Under a restraining order, the accused may have to stay away from their home, family, and property. Allegations of domestic abuse can also result in a court issuing a protective order against you, which can have an extensive impact on your life.

 

Louisiana law contains civil provisions that make court-issued protective orders available to victims of domestic violence. Violations of domestic protective orders may be punished by both civil contempt and criminal penalties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Initial Consultation | 504-264-9492

Even allegations of domestic violence can seriously impact your life. If you have been charged with Domestic Abuse Battery, contact the experienced domestic violence attorneys at Crescent City Law today. They will guide you through the judicial process, while ensuring your rights are defended. Call 504-264-9492 or fill out a contact form here for a free consultation.

 

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