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Riverside Domestic Violence Attorney John L. Michels


A domestic violence conviction is an extremely serious charge and could lead to dire consequences, including but not limited to the issuance of a restraining order, jail or prison time, costly fines, and potentially the loss of your job and income. Domestic Violence Attorney John Michels has been successfully representing clients in these matters for two decades.

If you have been charged with domestic violence, contact Criminal Defense Attorney John L. Michels immediately at (951) 309-7500 for a free, confidential consultation. Dedicated to preserving and protecting the rights of each client, Mr. Michels will fight zealously to ensure that you receive the best legal counsel and representation. Riverside Lawyer John Michels is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

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Domestic Violence Representation in Riverside County

It is imperative that you contact a seasoned Domestic Violence Attorney as soon as possible. A former prosecutor, Riverside Domestic Violence Lawyer John L. Michels possesses an in-depth understanding of how the DA manages these types of cases. He knows how to craft a strong defense to achieve the most favorable outcome possible on behalf of his clients.

Domestic violence charges may be brought when someone threatens to harm or causes harm to:

  • A close family member
  • A cohabitant or roommate
  • A current or former partner
  • A current or former spouse

As with assault and battery cases, domestic violence is deemed a “wobbler” crime, meaning that an individual may be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony offense. If the alleged perpetrator doesn’t have a history of domestic violence and the victim’s injuries were either minor or nonexistent, the DA will be more inclined to file misdemeanor charges.

The penalties for conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence include the following:

  • Community service
  • Fines ranging from $6,000 to $10,000
  • Issuance of a protective order
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Mandatory counseling
  • Probation for a minimum of 3 years
  • Potential loss of employment, inability to obtain employment, and difficulty obtaining housing
  • Potential loss of the right to own a firearm depending on the circumstances

Felony domestic violence charges are exceedingly serious, as are the ramifications if convicted. As well as the penalties listed above, the Court can impose up to 5 years in state prison, and some felony convictions are deemed a “strike” against your record. Felony charges are brought for numerous reasons, among them if the victim was a vulnerable person, if the defendant was acting while in violation of a protective order, and if the victim sustained severe injuries.

Domestic violence allegations are treated extremely seriously in the state of California, and as demonstrated above, a conviction will dramatically impact an individual’s life. If you have been accused of committing an act of domestic violence, it is vital that you retain an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney who will fight zealously to protect your legal rights.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Riverside and San Bernardino County

If you have been arrested or are being accused of committing a crime, contact Attorney John L. Michels for a free consultation.  Se Habla Español.

Attorney John L. Michels and his investigative team of former law enforcement officers will fight aggressively to win your case.

Contact Criminal Defense Attorney John L. Michels today by calling (951) 309-7500 to speak directly to one of the region’s most highly respected and accomplished Criminal Defense Attorneys.  You may also contact us online.  All consultations are free and confidential.  We have offices conveniently located in Riverside and Murrieta and represent clients in all Riverside County and San Bernardino County Courts.

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Riverside Office

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7095 Indiana Ave. | Suite 200 | Riverside, CA 92506

Phone: (951) 309-7500 | Fax: (951) 602-8900
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Murrieta Office

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29970 Technology Drive | Suite 103 | Murrieta, CA 92563

Phone: (951) 309-7500| Fax: (951) 602-8900
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Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney John L. Michels defends clients in all criminal defense matters throughout Riverside and San Bernardino County, including: Banning, Beaumont, Corona, Hemet, Homeland, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Nuevo, Perris, Rancho Cucamonga, Romoland, San Bernardino, Sun City, Temecula, Wildomar, Winchester.