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Q: I pressed charges on my boyfriend 3 years ago. he was charged w/ domestic violence. Can I have those charges dropped now

It happened in 2017. I wanted to drop the charges but was afraid and now I regret everything. I really want all this to be dropped so he can get a good job

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 4, 2020

Contact the District Attorney's Office. But it may be a done deal.

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Q: Should I call police to document my wife falsely accusing me of domestic violence?

She was drunk and grabbed me, I removed her arm from around my neck I have video of her approaching and grabbing my phone as well as her being drunk this morning. So she’s lying saying I assaulted her bc her arm has a slight mark. I want it to be documented but I’m scared bc I don’t know the law

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 2, 2020

No don't call the police. But email the video and photos to someone so if she files a complaint, she can't delete it from your phone and if the police seize your phone, your attorney can have access to it. Then call an attorney if you don't want to remain married to a drunk.

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Q: My wife has been charged for domestic abuse battery and did it again. Me and my children need protection. What can I do?

My wife was arrested for domestic abuse battery and we agreed to try and fix things. She was placed in a diversion program and it happened again, also harming our 2 year old son. We have 2 children together and she left us however I still am afraid of her returning and hurting us again. She is on... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 21, 2020

You're right, you need a lawyer to file a Protective Order, for divorce, custody and child support. If you don't, Child Protective Services could step in and put your children in foster care.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: boyfriend has a domestic battery 2nd degree charge. What plea bargains can done to keep him out of jail or prison?

hes been in jail for 40 days now. He was on probation prior to this charge. But he just has Domestic battery 2nd charge on 02/21/2020. Can he be put on probation or do any counseling like anger management classes, AA meeting or something?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 31, 2020

Were you the victim of the domestic violence? If so, why are you trying to get him out? He now has a probation violation to deal with also so they will not bond him out. At the least, he will have to do a Domestic Violence Intervention Program which is 26 weeks long and a drug test and an... Read more »

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Q: My fiancé is being held and neither one of us called the police. I don’t wish to have any charges brought up against him

What can I do? No bond is being set they’re saying I have to wait until Gwen’s law case is presented? And I’m unsure about what that is

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 24, 2020

He's being held without bond because he has been charged with domestic violence. Hire a criminal attorney for him.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: Defendant has a no contact order signed by judge. Can I message the defendant even though he can't reply? Or no?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 21, 2020

You can. But he can't. However your reaching out to him can be used to show you are not afraid of him or are baiting him

So don't.

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Q: What happens if the victim violates the protective order in the State of Louisiana?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 12, 2020

Nothing. The victim's activities are not restrained.

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: What can I do when husband is threatening my life?

For 3 months He has emailed, text, called from spoof #s (even local sheriff #, now started threatening my 20yo son, online post and photos of me, tells me if I don’t do ask he says he will keep smearing me online, post more photos of a old job (yes legal but in adult industry) And post videos of... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 7, 2020

First, print everything you have.

Second, hire a private investigator to get the goods on him

Third, hire a divorce attorney.

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Q: I been married for 31 years and he has been verbal Abusive and I’m ready to get out, what do I do first?

We been sleeping in different rooms for a few months now and kids are out the house. I also don’t make as much as he does.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 24, 2020

Grab documentation of all assets, liabilities & income and hire a divorce attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: If your husband is charged with domestic abuse battery and was falsely charged How can I get the case dropped?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 17, 2020

Go fill out a drop charge form with the DA's office.

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Q: If I the victim of a protective order choose to contact the defendant will we be in violation
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 7, 2020

You already asked this question.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: If the I'm the victim of the restraining and I contact the offender will the protective or be good anymore
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 7, 2020

Yes but be careful what you say and do so sparingly or it will be used against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: If the I'm the victim of the restraining and I contact the offender will the protective or be good anymore
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 4, 2020

Yes it is still hood but he may be able to use that as his defense if he ever violates it.

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Q: Ocs or dcfs was called on my family for domestic violence what could happen.

Can kids be taken away?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 20, 2020

Yes your children can go to foster care. Hire a juvenile court lawyer and follow your case plan.

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Q: Does the victim have a chance to speak during this hearing?

Speak about what he has put me and my family through and that I fear for my life and my families if he is set a bail amount.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 29, 2019

The D.A. decides if you give a victim impact statement during the trial. You do not testify at a bond hearing unless it is a Gwen's law hearing, and the D.A. puts you on the stand.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can me and my wife share an attorney in a domestic violence case?

My wife and i had a fight about our 4 month old baby and always holding him to much and it escalated i got upset and threw my phone and it hit her leg and i threw a shirt at her she was so mad she called the law and told them out of anger i hit her and pointed a gun at her many times so i am facing... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 20, 2019

But no in a domestic violence case, or any other case, you can't use the same attorney. You can however use the same mediator.

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Q: Is there a statue of limitation on domestic abuse in Louisiana?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 9, 2019

Prescription depends on the severity.

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: I am 16 years old, if my mom is highly intoxicated and starts to beat on me, do I have the right to leave home legally?

Or, if I decided to leave the house, will I be considered a runaway? Can she get police officers to find me and charge me as a runaway because my 16th birthday is Dec 15, 2019? If I do call police because she is highly intoxicated and she tries to hit me, if there aren't any visible bruises on... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 9, 2019

Video your mother then email the video to your school counselor or to the Sheriff's Office

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: my husbands being falsely charged of domestic abuse when my son and I weren't even home..what can I do?

my husband was arguing with a neighbor when my son and I were getting home.. there was NO physical contact between ANY parties yet hes being charged with these as well as other charges what can I do to help him come home soon...PLEASE

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 2, 2019

He needs a criminal attorney. Additionally you can go to the D.A.'s office and complete a drop charge form.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: If a restraining order is granted , how far does the accused have to stay away from accuser

2 brothers ( 1 whom had open heart surgery , the accuser ) against his brother ( the accused ) who threatened to hit him in the chest to kill him then said he would burn the trailer with him( cardiac pt ) in it

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 12, 2019

The accuser needs to make a criminal complaint with the Sheriff's office.

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