Help for People Accused of Domestic Violence
If you have been accused of domestic violence or criminal threats, you probably know that you could face serious consequences if convicted. Even a conviction for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge can have major repercussions. Conviction for a felony can be absolutely life-changing. You need to fight back to protect your reputation and your future.
My name is attorney J. David Markham. I am a certified criminal law specialist. Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino counties. I am a trial lawyer, ready to fight to see that your future is protected from the consequences of a domestic violence conviction.
Your Character is on Trial
One of the first strategies I employ in domestic violence cases is to have the charge or charges against you reduced. For example, if you were charged with a felony, I will ask for it to be reduced to a misdemeanor; if you were charged with a misdemeanor, I will ask for it to be reduced to disturbing the peace.
When the judge is considering whether or not to reduce the charges, your character will be examined. I may present character references to the judge, educate the judge about your background and the nature of the charges, and do everything possible to help the judge understand that this is a matter best reduced.
Does the Alleged Victim Have a Say?
Many domestic violence charges are based on misunderstandings. Often, no violence took place at all. Unfortunately, even if the victim asks that charges not be pressed, the prosecutor may still press them. The victim doesn’t necessarily have a say. Some allegations may be made in the context of a divorce, where one spouse is acting out of spite.
However, the victim’s statement will play a role. Witness statements may also play a role. The backgrounds of everyone involved may play a role. I will bring in an investigator when necessary to ensure that I am in possession of all the facts necessary to build a strong defense case for you.