Southern California Domestic Violence Attorney
Thank you for visiting the website for the Southern California Domestic Violence Attorney Joseph Torri. Being arrested for domestic violence can be traumatizing to most people not familiar with the legal system. Average people can find themselves being the victim of false allegations in the family law court system since the other parent may use domestic violence laws to obtain a tactical advantage in child custody court. Moreover, limited custody and visitation rights could result in higher child support payments to the other parent. Being the target of criminal prosecutors and dealing with the family law domestic violence court requires a skilled attorney to navigate the accused through this complex legal system. If you or a loved one is accused of domestic violence in Southern California including the counties of Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego, please review the material on this website and schedule a consultation.
Criminal convictions for domestic violence carry severe consequences. Persons who are not citizens of the United States will face deportation or removal from the United States if convicted of a domestic violence crime. Furthermore, individuals convicted of domestic violence crimes will suffer a lifetime ban from owning firearms and ammunition. Thus, people in the security business would be prohibited from carrying a firearm on the job. Also, professionals that need their licenses for their careers will face administrative action from the agency that issued the license. Therefore, doctors, lawyers, teachers, real estate agents, pilots, and other professionals face suspension and loss of their professional career. Members of the union may not be able to get bonded with a domestic violence conviction or issuance of a domestic violence restraining order. Police officers, firefighters, military personnel and other government workers jeopardize their security clearances. Also, criminal convictions or domestic violence restraining orders can result in the defendant attending an expensive 52-week domestic violence offender program once a week for an entire year.
Individuals accused of domestic violence should refrain from answering questions from law enforcement at least until counsel is present. Thus, asserting your right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution is critical. Seek an initial consultation with a family law attorney and domestic violence attorney as soon as legal issues present themselves. Joseph Torri represents clients facing family law challenges along with allegations in criminal court.
Although he can't represent an accused at the same time he is representing a victim of domestic violence in the same case due to a conflict of interest, Whittier and Palm Desert Domestic Violence Attorney Torri does represent victims of domestic violence, too. California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1219 provides some protections for victims of domestic violence who refuse to testify against the alleged perpetrator. Normally the court has the power to imprison a witness for refusing to testify in court. However, Section 1219 (b) states “Notwithstanding any other law, no court may imprison or otherwise confine or place in custody the victim of a sexual assault or domestic violence crime for contempt when the contempt consists of refusing to testify concerning that sexual assault or domestic violence crime. Before finding a victim of a domestic violence crime in contempt as described in this section, the court may refer the victim for consultation with a domestic violence counselor. All communications between the victim and the domestic violence counselor that occur as a result of that referral shall remain confidential under Section 1037.2 of the Evidence Code.”
As you can see from Section 1219, there are powerful protections afforded to victims of domestic violence who do not want the prosecution to move forward with its case against the alleged perpetrator of domestic violence. Many alleged domestic violence victims say the police did not take an accurate police report. Victims may also simply not want the district attorney or city prosecutor to convict the aggressor, but prosecutors will generally attempt to litigate the case and prosecute the defendant no matter what the victim desires. That's when alleged victims should consult with a Newport Beach or Riverside Domestic Violence Lawyer. Attorney Joe Torri represents victims of domestic violence in Southern California courts. Many alleged victims of domestic violence do not want their loved one to lose his or her job due to the government's interference in seeking a prosecution when prosecution is not desired. Victims should have their own Southern California Domestic Violence Lawyer represent them at all phases of a criminal prosecution. Representation can also consist of pursuing a domestic violence restraining order should the victim want protection from the aggressor. The Orange County family law attorney or Riverside family law attorney can represent the victim in child custody and visitation court no matter where the case is located in Southern California. In certain circumstances, Mr. Torri will provide representation in Northern California.