Domestic Violence Prefile Investigations Attorneys in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Domestic Violence cases often begin with your arrest. However, in some cases, law enforcement may elect to investigate the Domestic Violence allegations before deciding to arrest you. Otherwise known as a Prefile Investigation, it is during this period that a detective will be assigned to investigate your case in order to gather evidence against you. The investigation can also include interviews with alleged victims and witnesses, as well an attempt to interview you for “your side of the story.” Domestic Violence Prefile Investigations are not limited to cases that do not begin with arrests. For example, if you immediately post bail following your Los Angeles Domestic Violence arrest, an LAPD or LASD detective will still be assigned to investigate your case before its submission to either the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office or City Attorney’s Office.
If you have been recently arrested or believe you may be investigated for Domestic Violence, contact our Los Angeles Domestic Violence lawyers immediately for a free consultation. After a thorough review of the unique facts of your case, we will be able to advise you of your options and what you should prepare. Furthermore, we will advise you of actions which should be taken both by you and your legal counsel to ensure your consequences are mitigated. Call our West Los Angeles office now at (888) 579-4844.
Why choosing the right lawyer for your domestic violence case is so important
Domestic violence charges are serious. If you have been arrested for domestic violence and are later convicted of such a serious criminal charge, it can carry strict penalties. For instance, you may never be able to own a handgun again. The specifics of the consequences you could face depend upon the circumstances and the state the charges are filed in. However, you’ll want to fight the charges regardless of the consequences, especially if you are innocent of them.
A domestic violence attorney can help you defend yourself from allegations of domestic violence. You don’t want to be branded an abusive party if you’re not, especially when things just escalated during a domestic argument and conclusions were jumped to or false allegations were made by the alleged victim.
Our defense lawyers can help you protect your good name and represent you in a court of law. We have the resources to investigate any claims, and we have experts and other resources at our disposal that we can use to provide you with the very strongest defense. What’s more, as former district attorneys ourselves, we know the law from all angles.
We aren’t afraid to fight aggressively for you in court, and we will always make sure your rights are upheld. Our criminal defense attorneys are strong upholders of the law and take our responsibilities to our clients very seriously. We’ll make sure that the court remembers your rights throughout the process as well, and we’ll do our best to protect your interests.
What To Do If You Are Under Prefile Investigation For Domestic Violence
Although it is a natural response to a false allegation of Domestic Violence to seize an opportunity to tell your side of the story. However, you must consider the consequences of speaking to a detective without consulting with a Domestic Violence defense lawyer first. Any statements you make can be used against you by prosecutors, even statements misconstrued or taken out of context by detectives. Furthermore, whether intentional or unintentional, omissions of facts or inconsistencies in your original statements compared to later statements can negatively impact your Domestic Violence attorney’s ability to secure the outcome you are seeking. To ensure you do not provide police and prosecutors with additional or damning evidence, you should avoid speaking with detectives and contact a criminal defense attorney with Domestic Violence defense experience. The period between the moment you are targeted for investigation and the criminal filing is critical, as Domestic Violence charges in Los Angeles can be dropped prior to an appearance in court if it can be shown that the evidence does not support prosecution. The best way to assure yourself of the best possible outcome is to be proactive and retain a defense attorney immediately to intervene during the Domestic Violence Prefile Investigations.
Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyers Since 1987
The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP have specialized in successfully defending Domestic Violence cases for over 3 decades. LA criminal lawyer, Eugene Hanrahan, is a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and former special prosecutor with the LA District Attorney’s Office in the Hardcore Gang Unit. Attorney, Stephen Sitkoff, is a former senior prosecutor and Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner. They collectively possess over 60 years of California criminal law experience and personally represent each of their clients. Call now at (888) 579-4844 for a free no-obligation case analysis or to schedule an appointment at our office in West Los Angeles. For our clients’ convenience, we maintain additional locations in the following cities:
Torrance, Van Nuys, Encino, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, Woodland Hills, West Covina, Burbank, Cerritos, Whittier, Norwalk, Santa Clarita, Oxnard, Westlake Village, Orange, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach