Domestic violence and restraining orders

San Diego Domestic Violence Attorney

Serving Chula Vista and Other Areas: California Restraining Order Lawyer

A conviction for domestic violence — even a first offense — carries heavy penalties. You may be barred from your home, required to pay for and attend a year-long series of domestic violence counseling sessions, or you may be sentenced to time in jail.

In my 25 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer serving San Diego, Temecula and communities throughout Southern California, I have seen many domestic violence cases which start simply with an argument that quickly gets out of hand. “Domestic violence” does not necessarily involve a marriage –it can occur between former spouses, those in a dating relationship, neighbors, and others in a close relationship.

No matter what circumstances led to an arrest for domestic violence, it is critically important to get an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Domestic assault and restraining order cases can get complicated very quickly. Early intervention by an experienced advocate can make a major difference in the outcome of the criminal domestic assault case and a civil restraining order case.

Two decades of experience as a San Diego criminal defense lawyer

I have practiced criminal law in San Diego County since 1989. In the course of 25 years working as a criminal defense attorney, I have developed a reputation as an honest, hard-working criminal defense advocate who gives practical and realistic advice to my clients.

Once I know all the facts — by interviewing my client, reviewing any available police reports and talking to available witnesses — I am able to give my client a frank assessment of the most likely outcome of the case. I am not a lawyer who sugarcoats the facts. As I often say to my clients, “My job is to tell you what you need to know, not what you want to hear.”