Domestic Violence Attorney in Long Beach

What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is sometimes referred to as "spousal abuse" but that term can be too restrictive for all that the law covers. It can mean abuse of a related child, a spouse or former spouse, a cohabitant or former cohabitant, an individual whom the defendant has had a child with or a person whom the defendant is dating or had a dating relationship with. It can also include a second degree blood relation such as a grandparent. Domestic violence is a type of assault charge that carries with it stiff fines and penalties.

This type of violence covers sexual assault or violating an existing restraining order. It includes:

  • Putting someone in a situation where they feel that bodily harm is going to occur to them
  • Intentionally/recklessly attempting bodily harm
  • Intentionally/recklessly causing bodily harm

If you have been accused of any sort of domestic violence charge, it is in your best interest to obtain a knowledgeable Long Beach criminal defense lawyer to immediately begin work on your behalf.

You Will Face Motivated Prosecutors

Attorney Leonard Matsuk wants to inform you that there is a special Domestic Violence Unit within the office of the California District Attorney's office. It is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting domestic violence incidents. They are motivated to get convictions on their cases. Leonard Matsuk feels that you should have anequally motivated and skilled attorney working for you. He has 30 years of experience practicing law in the courts of Long Beach and the areas nearby. These years have provided him with a unique knowledge of the local court system, local judges, clerks and prosecutors.

An assault charge can be either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on what occurred during the incident. The penalties for conviction may include a permanent record, time spent in jail and attendance at a mandatory domestic batterer's class. The permanent record can affect you future ability to be employed, as well as other aspects of your life. With a skilled defense, domestic violence charges may be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor which will lessen the penalties. Jail time may be reduced or eliminated or in the best of all situations, your charges can be dismissed.

Contact a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Long Beach if you are accused of domestic violence and need caring and competent help.