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At the Law Office of Robert Landheer, we understand that being charged with a crime is a stressful and confusing process. Our criminal defense team is dedicated to providing our clients with the best legal representation and support possible. We specialize in defending against Domestic Violence cases in , and have a deep understanding of California Penal Code section 273.5(a) and what to expect when being charged with Domestic Violence. We are devoted to providing knowledgeable advice and helping our clients understand their options in order to achieve the best possible outcome in their cases.



Bail for domestic violence offense ranges from $10,000-$50,000 and up, depending on the county.


California Penal Code Section 273.5(a) makes it illegal for a spouse to injure their spouse, co-habitant or a co-parent.


A PC Section 273.5(a) offense can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor.



A person who is found guilty of PC Section 273.5(a) as a felony can may be punished with a prison sentence of 2, 3, 4 years. PC Section 273.5(a) becomes a 'strike' if the victim suffers great bodily injury, as defined by Penal Code Section 12022.7.


Additional consequences of a conviction of a domestic violence charge are:

  • Life-time ban on owning a fire-arm.

  • If a non-citizen is convicted they are subject to deportation and denial of reentry to United States



Call our office immediately so we can negotiate with the district attorney before the case is filed with the court.


Legal Defenses:

  • Self defense or defense of another

  • False accusation


We will vigorously defend your case by contacting the district attorney immediately to increase your chances of a dismissal or reduction of felony charges to a misdemeanor.


Our offices have successfully defended 100's of persons charged with felony domestic violence and reduced their charges to misdemeanors and probation.


In all cases of Domestic Violence, the district attorney will seek to have the court issue a protective or restraining order at the time of your first court appearance. These orders often have the unintended consequence of immediately separating spouses from each other and/or their children and not allowing any communications between spouses.


Our office will assist in modifying these protective or restraining orders to allow parties to continue to reside together and have contact.


The criminal justice system is complex and intimidating. Representation at the earliest stage of a domestic violence prosecution is critical.



Our offices will vigorously defend your rights from pre-filing of a complaint to the resolution of your case.


Call our office to make an appointment immediately after your arrest (805) 962-5103

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