California Victim Advocacy
Perhaps the strangest thing about the California Domestic Violence laws is that the punishment for domestic violence often results in more harm to the victim and his or her family than the actual violence. An angry slap or a push can turn into a conviction for a crime of moral turpitude. That conviction, in turn, can leave the criminal defendant unemployable or subject to deportation from the United States.
Very commonly, victims of domestic violence ask the local District Attorney to drop the criminal charges against their spouse or lover, only to discover that the District Attorney is more interested in obtaining convictions than in respecting the wishes of families. When this situation develops, you need a domestic violence attorney. California has superb victim advocacy laws which allow the victims of domestic violence to obtain legal representation and assert their rights through counsel.
Attorney Joseph T. Rhea is a zealous victim advocate. Call or contact the office for more information.