Joshua Demon Allen, 27, of North Hollywood was arrested last week on domestic violence charges for allegedly repeatedly assaulting his girlfriend, and for violating a restraining order. Allen won the Fox reality television series, “So You Think You Can Dance” and has also appeared in two films and has made guest appearances on several television series.
Allen had already been convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse in January and the court issued the restraining order at that time. Allen is accused of assaulting the same woman in April and again in June. During the June assault, he also allegedly assaulted a witness and vandalized a business. Bystanders were able to restrain Allen and hold him until police arrived.
Domestic Violence Attorney
When you’ve been arrested on domestic abuse charges, you need an experienced domestic violence attorney to help you navigate the complexities of California’s domestic abuse laws. Subsequent arrests and convictions for spousal abuse can result in enhanced penalties. In Allen’s case, conviction on all charges could lead to a sentence of 10 years in prison.
Under California law, domestic abuse can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances of the case. Restraining order violations complicated domestic violence cases. Domestic abuse situations are complicated, because the people involved have a high degree of emotional involvement. When emotions run high, domestic situations can get out of hand quickly.
Circumstances like these illustrate why having an experienced attorney is absolutely necessary. Going into court without aggressive legal representation can result in serious legal consequences.
An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you select a clear defense strategy, and help you assemble the resources you need to defend yourself in court. Don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t assume you have no options.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County domestic violence case.
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