Fresno Domestic Violence Defense
Attorneys in the Central Valley
Have you been accused of domestic violence? If convicted, you could be
facing civil and criminal punishments such as time in jail, substantial
fines, and the issuance of a restraining order. Furthermore, there is
a social stigma surrounding violent crimes and an accusation alone has
the potential to damage a person’s reputation. At Wapner Jones,
P.C., we understand both the social and legal obstacles associated with
charges of domestic violence and have a proven track record of helping
the accused to defend their rights. If you have been charged with domestic
violence, contact our
Fresno criminal defense attorneys and put more than five decades of experience to work for you.
What sets our Fresno criminal defense attorneys apart?
- Inclusion in the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 in California
- Former prosecutors in your corner
- “Superb” Rating by Avvo (Attorney Wapner)
Charged with domestic violence? Learn about your options in a
What Constitutes Domestic Violence?
In California, domestic violence is defined by the relationship between
an abuser and a victim as well as the type of behavior which occurs. Domestic
violence is separated from crimes such as assault and battery in that
it takes place when an instigator acts against a person with whom they
share an intimate or familial relationship. This can refer to numerous
types of associations including former partners, spouses, individuals
who share a child, and those who are related by blood.
Abuse can come in many forms and is not just limited to physical violence,
as some might assume. Actions which cause the victim to fear for their
physical safety or seek to control a victim may be considered abuse. This
can include, but is not limited to verbal threats such as harassment,
stalking, or threatening violence. The circumstantial nature of charges
for abuse demands the attention of an experienced attorney. If you have
questions about the specific events of your case, do not hesitate to contact our firm.
Criminal and Civil Charges
As domestic violence is a serious criminal offense, it is the state that
will pursue charges. This means that even if the alleged victim does not
wish to take legal action, a court case can still proceed. It is possible
for the prosecution to secure a conviction without the testimony or cooperation
of the victim. Photographic evidence, reports from the responding police
officers, and any available bystander testimony can become the basis for
a court case against the defendant. In some cases, a prosecutor can use
evidence such as recanted testimony by the victim or the initial call to 911.
A defendant may also be facing civil charges, brought by a victim who is
seeking damages. A civil case is a separate legal entity and can proceed
even if a defendant is found to be not guilty of criminal charges. It
is important to understand that civil trials have a lower burden of proof
and it only must be proven that the events in question were more likely
than not to have occurred.
Former Prosecutors Defending Your Rights
At Wapner Jones, P.C., we understand that being charged with a crime can
be a complex and confusing situation. Between the prospect of spending
time in jail and a restraining order keeping you from your family, it
can be difficult to know what you are supposed to do. You are not alone
in this trial and our Fresno criminal defense attorneys can help you to
navigate and overcome the hurdles ahead. Both of our lead attorneys are
former prosecutors who can draw from their knowledge of how the prosecution
thinks to maximize the success of your defense.
Call (559) 257-4707 and speak to an attorney about your case today.