Domestic Violence

Portland Domestic Violence Lawyers

Attorney Vanessa Childs represents victims of domestic violence as well as those accused of committing domestic violence.

Are You the Victim of Domestic Violence?

Please contact us immediately if a member of your household or someone you have a dating relationship with has physically harmed you or is threatened to cause you physical harm. We can immediately petition the court for a restraining order that will remove that person from the home and prevent him or her from coming near you, calling you, contacting you, or coming anywhere near you wherever you might be.

Have You Been Accused of Domestic Violence?

Sadly, false accusations of domestic violence or spousal abuse are common techniques for gaining advantage in divorce and other family law disputes.

If you have been arrested for domestic violence, we can represent you in the restraining order hearing in family court. It is imperative to be represented by an attorney at this hearing to protect your constitutional rights. Without legal representation, anything you say can be used against you in your criminal case. Standing alone, without counsel is a recipe for disaster as, of course, you will want to tell your side of the story. Unfortunately, telling your side of the story will often give the police, the District Attorney and the prosecuting team lots of ammunition that will be used against you. Moreover, without counsel, it is very likely that you will have a restraining order issued against you. Domestic Violence is not only a crime, it is a politically sensitive issue where the system almost always comes down HARD on those arrested for Domestic Violence.

Once a restraining order is taken out against you, you cannot go home — not even to retrieve your clothes or other personal belongings. It gets worse. Rest assured, you will not be treated equally in any upcoming divorce and child custody issues.

Lifelong consequences – If convicted of a domestic violence charge, there are lasting consequences: jail time, stiff fees and penalties, loss of your job, career or professional license, a criminal record that will keep you from getting any good jobs in the future. You will not be able to own or carry a firearm, enlist in the military, obtain many student loans, or enroll in some graduate school programs. If you are required to carry a gun for your career: law enforcement, military, private security you can say goodbye – the laws make no exceptions! Lawyers, Doctors, CPA’s Contractors, Realtors, Hair Dressers and other professionals can and often do lose their professional licenses. You need a lawyer to prevent being convicted of Domestic Violence at all costs.

Our law firm has successfully defended clients who were falsely accused of domestic violence. If the charges are solid, but there are extenuating circumstances, a good lawyer can often get the charges reduced to charges that don’t carry the weight. penalties and consequences of a Domestic Violence Charge. Don’t take chances with your future. Contact us today for quality legal representation.


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