Covington Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Domestic violence is a huge problem in our society. Millions of women and men are seriously injured or killed because of spousal abuse every year. Make no mistake. Domestic violence is a very serious charge with serious penalties. If you have been convicted of domestic physical abuse or violence within the past ten years, you can face mandatory jail time for new offenses. If you have had three or more convictions for domestic assault, you could face up to thirty years in jail.
If you have been arrested for domestic abuse, it is critical to hire an attorney who understands how serious your case is. At the Law Office of Ernest J. Bauer Jr., I fight to protect my client's rights, now and into the future. For help in the New Orleans metropolitan area, contact me right away.
Louisiana domestic violence penalties are serious:
- First Offense Domestic Violence (misdemeanor) - up to:
six months jail
- Second Offense within ten years (misdemeanor) - up to:
six months jail
- Third Offense within ten years (felony) - up to:
five years prison
- Fourth Offense within ten years (felony) - up to:
thirty years prison
Most convictions for domestic violence or domestic assault will also result in a protective order being filed. While a restraining order is generally only issued for 10 days when the charges are filed, a protective order can last for up to 18 months. This can truly hinder your relationship with your spouse and children. Let me use my experience to fight to protect you from such drastic measures.
Aggressive Domestic Violence Defense in Louisiana
As a criminal defense lawyer, my job is to do everything possible to help people charged with domestic violence protect their rights. I provide the vigorous and effective legal defense they are entitled to. Whenever possible, I will strive to have your case thrown out for lack of evidence. If your case cannot be dismissed, I will do everything I can to have your charges reduced to a non-violent crime or have the possible penalties decreased.
When a court trial is necessary to prove your innocence, I use my trial experience to fight for your acquittal. When a conviction is unavoidable, I work to find alternatives to jail or prison. In many cases, there may be domestic violence counseling programs that are available, instead of jail time.
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If you have been charged with domestic violence, or think you will be charged, I can start helping you right away. Contact me to discuss the charges against you. I will meet with you to explain how the law applies to your case, and how I can help. I offer a free consultation, and payment terms are available.