Baton Rouge Domestic Violence Lawyers
Defending the Accused in Gonzales, Livingston Parish, Ascension Parish & Beyond
Domestic violence or abuse accusations are incredibly serious. If convicted of domestic violence, you could face jail or prison time, steep fines, and lose your right to own a firearm or maintain child custody. Such charges can also have a seriously detrimental impact on your reputation and could affect your ability to keep your job, secure housing, or obtain a loan.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, don’t wait to reach out to a criminal defense attorney with experience navigating these types of claims. At The Ambeau Law Firm, we have spent more than a decade representing clients accused of domestic violence and other types of violent crimes in Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Prairieville, Livingston Parish, Ascension Parish, and West Baton Rouge Parish. We are prepared to fight for you and your rights.
What Is Domestic Violence
In Louisiana, domestic violence is defined as using force or threatening to use force against a family member or member of a shared household.
By law, a “family member” is defined as a:
- Foster parent
- Foster child
And, according to state law, a “household member” is a:
- Person of the opposite sex who either lives with the defendant or lived with the defendant in the past five years
- Any child (whether related to the defendant or not) who lives with or has lived with the defendant in the past five years
- The defendant’s child, regardless of the age of the child (whether a minor or not) and regardless of where the child lives
The penalties for domestic violence in Louisiana are typically more severe than the penalties for other types of assault/battery. Notably, if convicted of felony or misdemeanor domestic battery in Louisiana, you may not own or carry a gun for a period of 10 years after the completion of your sentence.
Additionally, the penalties are more severe when certain factors are present. These include cases involving strangulation or burning, resulting in “significant bodily injury,” when a child is present, and when the defendant knew the victim was pregnant. And, if you have prior convictions—even in other states—you will face harsher penalties.
Contact The Ambeau Law Firm
We understand that domestic violence accusations are not always grounded in reality. Regardless of the specifics of your situation, our Baton Rouge domestic violence lawyers are committed to protecting your constitutional rights, including the right to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We are prepared to do everything in our power to protect you and your future.
Get in touch with us today to request a free, in-person consultation; call (225) 230-1181.
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