Visalia Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

Restraining Order Violation Attorney

If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. You could be facing a serious criminal charge, and you could also be served with a protective order, which could get you in additional trouble if you are accused of violating it.

I am John Patrick Ryan, an experienced Visalia domestic violence defense attorney serving clients throughout the central San Joaquin Valley. I have practiced law in California since 1994 and have helped many clients fight domestic violence and restraining order violation charges.

Protecting the Rights of the Accused

California has responded to the problem of spousal abuse by putting some tough domestic violence laws in place. However, none of that takes away the constitutional rights of the accused. I am prepared to protect those rights in cases involving both of the following charges:

  • Criminal domestic violence: If you are accused of physically injuring your current or former spouse, someone you currently or formerly lived with, or someone you have had a child with, you can be charged with the criminal offense of domestic violence.
  • Violating a protective order: If you violate a domestic violence protective order — even if the allegations behind the order are false or exaggerated — you can be charged with disobeying a court order, a separate offense from domestic violence itself.

As a former public defender and now as a private criminal defense lawyer, I have defended hundreds of clients against criminal charges and taken dozens of cases to trial. I am prepared to do whatever it takes to help my clients fight domestic violence accusations.