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Louisiana Domestic Violence Lawyer
Domestic Violence Attorney in Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, & Ruston, LA
Domestic violence crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Louisiana. These crimes often involve acts of violence such as assault and battery, yet these offenses are treated more seriously when they occur between family or household members. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors do their due diligence to put alleged domestic violence offenders behind bars and will rarely ever drop charges, even if the alleged victim does not wish to press charges. If you have been arrested for a domestic violence offense, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in Louisiana as soon as possible.
Louisiana Domestic Violence Lawyer
What Counts as Domestic Violence in Louisiana?
Domestic violence in Louisiana is violence that occurs between family or household members. A common offense describing domestic violence is domestic abuse battery. Domestic abuse battery occurs when one household member uses willful force or violence against another household member. The state narrowly defines “household member” as anyone who:
- Is the opposite sex of the defendant and lives with the defendant as a spouse whether or not they are actually married.
- Is the opposite sex of the defendant and who resided with the defendant within 5 years of the domestic abuse battery, whether or not they were married.
- Is a child who lives with the defendant or has lived with the defendant within five years preceding the domestic abuse battery.
- Any child of the defendant regardless of where the child resides.
Crimes Associated with Domestic Violence
- Stalking/ Aggravated Stalking
- Violation of Protective Order
- Criminal Abandonment
- Criminal Neglect
Assistance with Domestic Violence & Protective Orders Assistance
Aggressive criminal defense representation is required in cases involving domestic violence charges. You must take these charges seriously. When accused of certain types of physical abuse (including spousal abuse or child abuse), you may be presumed guilty before all of the facts are known.
The penalties for even a first conviction are harsh and can include jail time. Subsequent convictions for domestic violence bring with them enhanced penalties and can result in jail sentences via a criminal proceeding or a civil protective order proceeding.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, attorney Eric G. Johnson will defend your rights in court. Eric and his staff thoroughly investigate every matter to uncover what really occurred. He will vigorously fight all false charges not based upon the facts.
The Complicated Nature of Domestic Assault Charges
It’s not easy to get domestic charges dismissed in Louisiana. Sometimes, the only way dismissal occurs is if the purported victim signs a drop-charge or no-charge affidavit, either in a criminal proceeding or in a civil protective order proceeding. Even with the signing of a drop-charge or no-charge affidavit, the district attorney may still pursue charges against you. You need experienced and knowledgeable legal representation when charged with domestic assault.
Lawyer Eric G. Johnson is a problem solver who always tries to negotiate deals with prosecutors and judges in the best interest of his clients. Other times he will try the matter before a judge or jury. Eric will not settle for any plea deal that goes against the best interests of the person he represents. He has over 24 years of experience handling criminal cases and will strive for the best possible outcome in any circumstance. Call 318-377-1555 or contact us to schedule a free consultation.