July 11, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Why You Need to Protect Yourself Even After Disposition by Hiring an Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney

If you are facing California criminal charges of domestic violence, it is important to know that there is more to your case than simply the sentence imposed by the court. After a finding of guilty or no contest, the court may then impose additional restitution in an effort to compensate the victim for his or her damages.

A restitution hearing is a type of mini-trial designed to restore the victim’s economic losses he or she suffered due to the defendant’s crime. This can include:

  • medical expenses, including mental health and counseling expenses;
  • the value of stolen or damaged property;
  • lost wages and profits, including wages lost due to injuries suffered from the crime, testifying in court, and attending trial.
  • relocation and security expenses;
  • investigative expenses incurred by the victim related to the criminal case; and
  • attorney’s fees incurred by the victim.

Further, an interest of ten percent can accrue on all orders of restitution made by the court.

A defendant facing potential restitution has the right to be represented by an attorney and dispute the validity and amount of any potential restitution. The court’s power to award restitution is broad and it is possible that a victim can attempt to take advantage of the system by overstating damages, lost wages, and other expenses. It is important for a defendant to have an experienced attorney at his or her side when facing a restitution hearing.

If you are facing domestic violence charges, you must be aware of the potential economic losses you may suffer in restitution damages. Restitution can result in a far greater harm to the defendant than the underlying criminal sentence. A skilled attorney, like those at Wallin & Klarich, can protect you from overzealous judges. With over 30 years of experience, Wallin & Klarich attorneys have dealt with cases just like yours before. Our aggressive and skilled San Diego domestic violence defense attorneys are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to advise you on your case. Call us today at 1-888-280-6839 or visit us online at www.wklaw.com to learn more about your case and what can be done.

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