Domestic Violence Charges
Trusted and Respected Pasadena Criminal Defense Lawyers
When law enforcement is called to the scene of a domestic dispute they
are typically investigating whether a party was physically harmed or threatened
in an unlawful manner. If the officers deem an accusation credible and
if any physical "traumatic condition" is apparent, they will
often make a felony arrest. The bail set for this type of arrest is typically
$50,000 dollars. Law enforcement will typically encourage the "victim"
to request an "Emergency Protective Order" (EPO) that will prevent
the "arrested" person from having any contact with the "victim".
The EPO can even prevent the "Suspect/Arrestee" from going home
for up to 5 days if he resides with the "victim". If children
reside in the home, Child Protective Services (CPS) is often called to
investigate if the children are in danger of harm and they too will encourage
the "victim" to pursue a restraining order but they often encourage
that a "Permanent Retraining Order" be obtained.
By hiring Escovar & Avila, LLP, immediately after arrest, we can help
advise you on the many legal issues that arise after a "Domestic
Violence" arrest. Also, it is important to immediately identify witnesses
and evidence to be used in court for your defense. At the first court
date, called the arraignment, the judge will decide how much bail will
be imposed and whether the amount will remain the same, be reduced or,
in some cases, be increased.
At our firm, after we are retained, we immediately begin the process of
coordinating the documentation for a "Mitigation Packet". This
packet will contain letters of recommendation, proof of employment, proof
of home ownership, proof identifying children you support, and other related
documentation. With this information, in the appropriate cases, we present
it to the prosecutor or judge to seek an office conference, pre-plea diversion,
reduced charges or a dismissal. If the matter cannot be resolved in this
manner, then we prepare to vigorously litigate and fight for our clients
through jury trial.
Pasadena criminal defense attorneys at Escovar & Avila, LLP have decades of experience handling these
matters and understand how important it is for you to protect your reputation
and liberty during this emotional time. That is why we handle each case
with the utmost discretion and professionalism. We always strive to secure
the best possible outcome for our clients.
What to Expect with Our Firm
In every domestic violence case, it is important to determine witness credibility
and their potential motives. We investigate these matters carefully, seeking
to protect your rights and reputation by utilizing our extensive legal
As part of our investigation, we strive gather the following evidence:
- 911 call recordings
- Officer audio recordings
- Witness statements
- Official police reports
- Additional testimony if needed
- Doctor reports on the “victim”
We have more than 20 years of criminal defense experience, taking more
than 75 jury trials to verdict. With our track record of success, you
can trust us to represent you.
Contact Escovar & Avila, LLP If You've Been Arrested
Call Escovar & Avila, LLP at 626.577.7700. We offer a
free consultation to discuss the specific details of your case in order to begin to prepare
a thorough defense.