A Santa Paula man faces felony charges after police responded to a domestic violence call. Police arrested the 24-year-old man after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a knife.
Officers arrived at the scene, but the man initially fled. They subdued him and arrested him. Upon searching him, they discovered a knife in his possession. Although he was originally arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, prosecutors did not charge him for that. Instead, the man faces a weapons possession charges, three special allegations related to prior serious felonies and resisting arrest.
Because the man has a prior felony conviction, he could return to prison on a “second strike” charge. A judge released him on his own recognizance and he will return to court on June 22 for matters related to the case.
Santa Paula Domestic Violence Attorney
When you face a domestic assault charge, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
When prosecutors apply a domestic abuse charge, they often look for other offenses to charge. In part, this is because of the nature of domestic abuse cases. Few offenses are more emotionally charged than domestic assault. Often, the perpetrator and victim are part of the same household, and the victim may not want to pursue criminal charges against a person. By charging around the offense, a prosecutor can avoid the need to rely on a victim/witness that doesn’t want to cooperate with the criminal process.
That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive attorney who will represent you in court. Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is especially important if you have a history of felony convictions. A “second strike” can double the amount of time you spend in prison, and brings you to the brink of spending the rest of your life in prison.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney when the stakes are this high! Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.
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