Los Angeles, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: I pressed charges on my bf for dv but i decided to drop them how much time will he do if this is his second one

Will not having a lawyer affect him? His first dv was not with me it was from a past relationship

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William Mihrtad Paparian

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The alleged victim in a domestic violence case doesn't is not able to recant the allegations once they have been made. He should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can research the implications of his prior domestic violence case.

Sergio H. Benavides

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Not having a lawyer is a big deal, and makes every difference in the world. The victim can always try to recant that statement, but 911 phone calls and initial statements to police are recorded and can be used by aggressive District Attorneys to try to force the victim into testifying or confirming those statements. A prior history of phone calls to the police, arrests, or charges, definitely makes your boyfriend's case more complicated. He should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You might be subpoenaed to testify by the DA. What are his defenses? What is the evidence? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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