Questions About Domestic Violence
Domestic violence attorney Joseph T. Rhea meets with every client personally. Here are some of the questions that he is most commonly asked:
Answer: Get an attorney immediately and respond in court. Restraining orders are too easy to get in California and easily abused by the person seeking the restraining order. If a permanent (typically three year) restraining order issues, you may be subject to endless harassment by the other person and the police. To avoid this, it is essential that you appear at the scheduled hearing with an attorney.
Answer: There are a number of areas that would fall under domestic violence, including such things as threats or intimidation, stalking, verbal or mental abuse, unwanted touching, physical injury, sexual assault, and rape. All of these crimes can be charged as domestic violence.
Answer: Domestic violence and child abuse cases are among the most defensible of all criminal cases. The reason is that in many domestic violence cases there are no witnesses other than victim and the accused. Often the victim’s statements to the police were confused, contradictory, or clearly made out of anger or obvious self-interest. To preserve evidence and prepare the best defense, it is essential that you meet with a domestic violence attorney immediately after your arrest. You want to begin preparing the defense before you actually go to court.