Domestic Violence – Assault
BAY AREA Domestic Violence Lawyer
Honest, Experienced and Focused on Criminal Defense
Domestic violence is not just something that happens between people who are married. In truth, parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, intimate partners, former spouses, ex-boyfriends and -girlfriends, and even roommates can all be domestic violence abusers or abused themselves. Oftentimes, the prosecutor will charge an additional offense of disorderly conduct with the assault charge.
But regardless of how, who or why — if you have been arrested for and charged with a crime in connection with domestic violence, you need to know that prosecutors and judges take these charges very seriously and that contacting a lawyer is what you need to do next.
Jamie N. Harris — Attorney at Law
In my practice as an attorney, I represent individuals in Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Monterey County, and Santa Cruz County, who have been charged with various crimes in connection with domestic violence, including:
- Aggravated assault
- Assault with a weapon
- Child abuse
- Violation of an order of protection
- Disorderly conduct
- Criminal damage to property
A conviction related to domestic violence, spousal abuse or a family assault has serious potential consequences. Realizing this, many spouses or partners will try to drop the charges. When they do, they are often surprised to learn that the decision to drop the charges is not theirs to make. That decision now belongs to the prosecutor.
When you hire The Law Office of Jamie N Harris you can be assured that the following steps will be taken:
1. An investigation will be done to get the full story. Often times the police are called and they are only concerned with what the alleged victim has to say. They do not look for any motives or other witnesses who may tell a different side of what really happened.
2. Get the District Attorney’s office to hear your side of the story. I will often call the District Attorney or set up a meeting with the one assigned to your case so that I can get your side across to them. This tactic helps in getting a dismissal or a dramatic reduction in the charges.
3. I keep you informed. You will know the steps taken in your case ahead of time and be fully informed.
4. If it is not a case in which a dismissal can occur before a trial, then we talk and decide together, as a team if the next step should be to negotiate or to take it ti trial.