Serving both men and women who have been charged with domestic violence in Riverside, California, and the surrounding area, Christopher Harmon brings experience, skill and knowledge to the defense of clients. Keeping abreast of changes to more and more stringent state laws regarding domestic violence, we work to fight charges and, at the very least, minimize the impact a conviction can have on you and your family.
If you have recently gotten into a fight with your spouse, have been arrested for family violence, or fear that your partner will get an order for protection against you, contact Harmon & Harmon today. Our attorneys will provide you with the defensive services you need.
Anatomy of a Domestic Violence Situation
It begins with an argument, often over something small, and escalates. A small domestic squabble that gets out of control — perhaps made worse when one or both parties have been drinking. As the noise level escalates, shouting gives way to physicality — a push, a slap or a punch. And while traditionally the perpetrator is portrayed as the male in the relationship, it is nearly just as often the female who resorts to physical violence. Neighbors hear shouts and cries and call the police. Whether the situation is an isolated occurrence or has been ongoing, the state is now involved and circumstances intensify.
You feel vilified for losing your temper, you fear that you will lose your family. Clearly experienced and effective legal representation is necessary.
Exploring Healthy, Affirming Alternatives
California laws regarding men and women who engage in violent behavior against other members of their household are severe and must be handled by seasoned attorneys. Mr. Harmon has tried cases in the Riverside County Domestic Violence Court. We understand that once the machinery has been set in motion it can be difficult to resolve domestic violence cases — even in circumstances where a spouse wishes to withdraw charges.
Our attorneys meet with all parties involved to explain possible consequences and to inform clients of possible alternatives to restraining orders and jail time. By enrolling in anger management courses, parenting courses or family counseling, we have seen families take ownership over the settling of domestic affairs and preventing further outbursts of violence.
If you have been charged with committing violence against any member of your household, the best way to ensure that your rights will be protected and that your options remain open is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If you are in Southern California, rely upon the sure, solid experience of Christopher B. Harmon. Contact us today to obtain a free initial consultation.