Domestic Violence Lawyers Serving All of California

If you have been accused of domestic violence, contact an attorney right away as a conviction can result in life-altering consequences.

The Dadvocates are the only law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of fathers and men.

We're here to help clients from Los Angeles to Sacramento and beyond. Learn how our domestic violence lawyers in California can help defend your rights and freedoms during a free consultation.

We Are Here For You 24/7


We know the importance of acting swiftly in a domestic violence case. That is why our domestic violence lawyers are here for you on weekends and after hours.

What the Dadvocates Can Do How Our Domestic Violence Lawyers Can Prevent a Conviction

We understand the mental and emotional toll a domestic violence case has on you and your family. Our domestic violence lawyers in California will handle your case with the utmost care and discretion.

Urgent Legal Guidance

We understand the urgency of a domestic violence case. Our lawyers are available after hours and on weekends so we can begin the process right away and stay proactive as we fight your criminal charges.

Provide Protection

The consequences of being charged with domestic violence are too great a risk to not have a seasoned professional at your side. Our lawyers work tirelessly to protect your rights and your freedoms. 

Build Your Case

We take the time to learn the details of your case so we can build a strong legal strategy that will result in the best outcome. We will advise you on when a plea is or is not worth taking.

Collect Evidence

We will thoroughly investigate your case and gather evidence to support you. Collecting these resources is crucial in getting your charges dropped or reduced.

Handle All the Details

A domestic violence charge can be overwhelming. The emotional and mental stress it causes for you and your family may make it hard for you to focus on the logistics of the case. Our attorneys are there with you every step of the way to handle all aspects of your domestic violence case to provide a successful outcome.

Time Is Crucial

Don't Hesitate To Call Our Law Firm

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You can't wait to hire an attorney when you are facing jail time, loss of rights, and loss of child custody. You need someone with you from start to finish to guide you in the process of building a successful case. Our domestic violence attorneys are available to you 24/7 and serve clients all throughout California, including the San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Bay Areas. Contact our office for more information.

(818) 824-5800

How California Defines Abuse and Domestic Violence

"'Abuse' means intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or herself, or another. 'Domestic violence' means abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship."

-California Penal Code 13700

The Wobbler Offense: What You Should Know


A wobbler offense means your charge could be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity of the injuries inflicted, the circumstances surrounding your offense, and your criminal history. Having an attorney at your side will better your chances of being charged with a misdemeanor or having the charges dropped altogether.

We Support Fathers

Protecting Your Rights as a Man and a Dad

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Our firm has a proven success rate in helping men and dads. Our attorneys understand that men have historically faced insurmountable disadvantages in family law and criminal cases. At The Dadvocates, it is our goal to educate the court about the truth of your case and to divest the other party from using sexist stereotypes to win. We strive for the wellbeing of the children involved, and to us, that means as much time with Dad as possible. Whether you're in San Jose, Fresno, Palm Springs, or Los Angeles, if you have been accused of domestic violence, you can contact or call The Dadvocates for help.

(818) 824-5800

What Happens

When The Police Are Called?

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If the police are called for a domestic violence allegation, they will gather evidence before making a decision on if there needs to be an arrest. They will typically talk to both parties while keeping in mind mannerisms and tone. They will also assess the scene for any damage or any visible injuries on the reported victim. If by the end of their assessment they believe someone is unsafe to stay in the situation, they will make an arrest.

What Should You Do If the Police Are Called?

If the police are called to your house due to a domestic violence allegation, it is important to remember they will not only be assessing the scene, but your actions as well. Restrain yourself from emotions like anger or agitation, and cooperate calmly with the responding officers.

Always remain respectful and calm if the police are called. The best thing you can do for yourself is cooperate with the officers and restrain yourself emotionally.
Always remain respectful and calm if the police are called. The best thing you can do for yourself is cooperate with the officers and restrain yourself emotionally.

Stay Quiet

If the police are at your home, only answer questions when asked directly to you. Restrain yourself from saying anything that could potentially incriminate yourself in the future.

Stay Calm

We understand this is a frightening and aggravating time, but it is important to restrain yourself from doing or saying anything erratic. The police will be looking for signs of anger and distress, so it is important to stay calm.

Call the Dadvocates

If you do get arrested, call our attorneys so we can work on quickly getting you out of jail and defending you against the charges.

"Couldn't have asked for better representation."

"The lawyers are passionate about ensuring fathers maintain meaningful relationships with their children. I'm grateful for their legal expertise and commitment to fairness... I couldn't have asked for better representation." Peter S., 5-Star Google Review

What Puts Me at Risk Of More Severe Charges?

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Long-Term Abuse

Long-term abuse means there are police records and evidence showing other incidents of abuse. Unlike an isolated incident, long-term abuse typically results in more severe charges. If this is the case, we may advise you to take a plea deal to lessen your penalties. However, if it is just an isolated incident, we have a better chance of getting the charges dropped.


Violation of a Restraining Order

You must follow the rules under your restraining order. Violation of these rules can result in an additional charge and make the penalties of your domestic violence case more severe.

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Type of Abuse

A misdemeanor domestic abuse charge for someone who does not have a criminal record of abuse has a greater chance of getting the charges completely dropped. In comparison, someone who has a felony domestic abuse charge faces more serious punishments. Our attorneys do not shy away from tough cases. We will guide you through the process to ensure you are well informed about your best options.

A Legal Team You Can Trust

From Oakland to Los Angeles, Fathers Count on Us

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We provide tough yet compassionate counsel to those facing both minor and serious criminal charges. We understand this is an incredibly difficult time in your life and we want to be there to help you, which is why we are honest about the proceedings of your case. We want you to be informed throughout the entire case. We don't sugarcoat the good, bad, or the ugly, which allows us to give you real advice.

We strive to protect our clients’ best interests. Contact our California office to request a consultation with our domestic violence lawyers.

(818) 824-5800

How Common Are Domestic Violence Calls In The State of California?

Domestic Violence Laws and Immigration Conviction to Deportation

If you are not a U.S. citizen, a domestic violence conviction can make you ineligible for a green card, lead to you being removed from the U.S., and restrain your ability to re-enter the country. Whether or not you will be required to leave depends on the type and severity of the domestic violence charge. It is important to hire a domestic violence lawyer to prevent mandatory deportation and inadmissibility.

Optional Removal

This requires you to leave the country for some time but does not necessarily mean you cannot return or reapply for a visa. Most domestic violence cases result in optional deportation.

Mandatory Removal

You will be deported if your domestic violence conviction is considered an aggravated felony.

Inadmissable to the U.S.

This is the most serious charge of the three. It restrains you from legally re-entering the U.S., becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, or becoming a legal, permanent resident or green card holder.

Will I Get a Hearing Before I Am Deported?


Green card and visa holders have the right to a hearing before getting deported. In addition, they can also appeal the original decision of deportation. People in the country unlawfully can be forcibly removed and have no right to a hearing.

Dealing With Domestic Violence Claims
During a Divorce?
Call Our Attorneys

Our attorneys understand that the heavy burden placed on men in divorce can feel like a legal punishment after striving to be a good husband, father, and provider. We will make sure your side of the story is heard when a partner claims domestic violence during a divorce.

Men from Los Angeles, Anaheim, Bakersfield, and throughout California turn to our domestic violence attorneys when their futures are on the line. Contact The Dadvocates if you are going through a heated divorce and need fair representation.

(818) 824-5800

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Denver, CO


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I am not a dad however I am pro dad and love what dadvocates offers. I recommend them to all the daddy's I know.

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I'm Not Guilty Why Should I Worry?


There are many innocent people wrongfully accused and convicted. Don't think you will be able to successfully navigate the complexities of the legal system alone, especially with charges as serious as domestic violence. Your rights, freedom, and children's lives are all at risk of being seriously altered. Reach out to The Dadvocates to see how our domestic violence lawyers can help protect you and your children's lives.

"A great team with great people."

"I had started my divorce process with a different firm. It wasn't going well, and there was a criminal case added into the mix. I decided to switch to Dadvocates. Tensions can run high when you have so much on the line. If you can keep your emotions in check, maintain some patience and be reasonable, Dadvocates will do the same. They did a lot for me through my divorce, and maximized the strength of my position as much as possible. They are a great team with great people." Tyson S., 5-Star Google Review
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The Dadvocates

The Dadvocates are the only lawyers exclusively focused on protecting the rights of fathers. Our attorneys have received awards and prestigious recognitions from Super Lawyers, Avvo, and the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. We assist dads in a variety of legal matters, including:

You can request a consultation with our firm by filling out our online form or calling (720) 749-2876.

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