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Family Law Attorneys Can Help with Domestic Violence Accusations

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Have you or a member of your family been accused of domestic violence? Are the accusations false? Does the accuser have unscrupulous motives? Are you guilty of the crime?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you deserve legal representation here in California.

The fact of the matter is, people are often accused of crimes and are wrongfully punished for aspects of that crime that could have been defended against.

Even if you are guilty of a crime like domestic violence, a family law attorney can aid you in your case, defend you, and change the outcome of your impending charges.

Because the outcome of your case is important to your future and your freedom, mounting a defense that works for you is the first thing on the mind of a qualified attorney.

Additionally, the more you know about the charges related to your case, the better off you will be.

For instance, just because you are arrested for felony domestic violence charges, there's no guarantee that you will be charged with a felony in court.

Felony domestic violence charges are often dropped to misdemeanor levels in California, so long as you have a defense attorney working for you.

Because charges related to domestic violence are quite serious, it is in your best interest to work with a defense attorney on your case.

It is a proven fact, people who hire a defense attorney to argue their domestic violence case for them are less likely to serve extended sentences and pay hefty fines.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, please contact us today. We will listen to your concerns and offer support and guidance through this challenging time.

Couples Who Smoke Marijuana Less Likely to Be Involved in Domestic Violence

Thursday, August 21, 2014

California's weed users will find the results of a new study encouraging. The study found that couples, who smoke marijuana, are much less likely to be involved in domestic violence incidents.

The study involved a small representative sample of 634 couples. The study analyzed some of the findings about domestic violence among couples who used marijuana. The analysis found that the more often the couple smoked marijuana, the less likely they were to be involved in domestic violence. The most frequent use of pot by couples led to less frequent domestic violence incidents perpetrated by husbands. Frequent marijuana use in this case refers to use that was equal to approximately 2 to 3 times per month or more.

Husbands who used marijuana also reported that there was a lower incidence of domestic violence incidents perpetrated by wives. When both the spouses used marijuana very frequently, couples reported the least incidents of domestic violence perpetration. According to the researchers, marijuana is probably linked to lower levels of aggression towards a spouse or partner. It is also possible that couples who smoke pot together have very similar views and values, and move around in similar social circles. That means a much lower risk of conflict automatically.

If you are currently in a situation where you are being subjected to violence by your partner, take legal action. In a situation like this, you can apply for a protective order, or domestic violence restraining order. You do not have to be married to your partner to apply for a protective order. Speak to a family lawyer in Los Angeles about protecting yourself and your family from violence.

Financial Abuse Is Closely Tied to Domestic Violence

Friday, July 25, 2014

Victims of domestic violence are very often unable to escape the vicious cycle they are trapped in, because they're financially abused by their partners. Hiding money from the wife, denying access to money, and other types of financial abuse is very closely linked to domestic violence.

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, different types of financial abuse make it difficult for women to go out and seek help. Women, who are in a situation where they are being constantly threatened or abused by their partners, have no options to help escape their unfortunate situation. However, when they have no access to finances or resources, it makes it that much harder for them to seek help. A controlling and abusive husband will try to limit the wife’s access to money. He will try to damage credit ratings, or may get her fired from her job. He may hide money from her, and may steal her debit cards, conveniently “losing” them when she wants them back. All these tactics are used to browbeat the wife down into submission, and prevent her from going out to seek help against domestic violence. If you are in a situation like this, speak with a domestic violence lawyer in California to learn about your options.

Recently, a new study released by Rutgers University School of Social Work, evaluated a widely used financial education program for survivors of domestic violence. The program is called Moving Ahead through Financial Management Curriculum, and offers help for survivors to deal with the financial challenges of exiting an abusive or violent relationship. Program attendees are taught to use resources for dealing with loans, child support, and credit scores. The study found that women who were very attentive and women who attended the program benefited from enhanced financial literacy, and had a different attitude towards their finances. Over time, when these women exited their violent relationship, they were actually able to do much better, compared to women who did not attend such a program.