Collateral Criminal Matters

An experienced criminal defense attorney, considers the collateral issues that arise from a criminal case and advocates the best possible solution for his or her client.  Many defense firms only practice one area of law without exploring the collateral matters that arise from a criminal case.  The Khachatourians Law Group was founded on the principal of looking at the totality of the defendant’s problems and taking into consideration the client’s employment, immigration, family, and licensing issues while addressing the best possible resolution of the criminal case.

Domestic Violence and Family Law

An allegation of domestic violence can have adverse effects against the defendant’s family dissolution and child custody affairs.  In California, a person who has been accused of committing domestic violence, may affect his or her spousal support, community property interest, and child support.  

California Family Code section 3044 states that when there is a “finding by the court that a party seeking custody of a child has perpetrated domestic violence against the other party seeking custody of the child, there is a rebuttable presumption that an award of sole or joint physical or legal custody of a child to a person who has perpetrated domestic violence is detrimental to the best interest of the child.”  

Similarly, Family Code section Family Code 4325 states “a criminal conviction for an act of domestic violence perpetrated by one spouse against the other spouse entered by the court within five years prior to the filing of the dissolution proceeding, or at any time thereafter, there shall be a rebuttable presumption affecting the burden of proof that any award of temporary or permanent spousal support to the abusive spouse.”

Community property interest may also be affected as the alleged victim spouse may file a civil lawsuit attacking the 50% community property interest with the pending domestic violence case.

Immigration Consequences

Immigration consequences arising from a criminal conviction may be punitive for a foreign national who is not a United States citizen.  A criminal conviction may subject a non-US Citizen to deportation, deny naturalization, or placed the foreign national in removal proceedings. Immigration law recognizes certain types of convictions as aggravated felonies, crimes of violence, and Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude. Misdemeanor charges for domestic violence, prostitution, drug charges, violent crimes, and the terms of sentencing may subject the foreign national and its derivative family members to deportation proceedings. The Khachatourians Law group works with qualified and experienced immigration attorneys to ameliorate the circumstances arising from criminal prosecution.  If you are being charged with a criminal case, under investigation, or cited by a law enforcement agency with a felony or misdemeanor case and you are not a United States citizen, call the Khachatourians Law Group for a defense consultation for your immigration and criminal cases.  

Licensing Revocation Hearings

A criminal case will affect the defendant’s professional license.  Attorney’s, doctors, nurses, brokers, realtors are licensed and governed by the appropriate department or bureau.  A criminal conviction may be deemed a crime of moral turpitude or “substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a physician and surgeon.” The California Attorney General’s Office routinely files Accusations against professionals who have pled guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor or felony crime.  The Khachatourians Law Group represents professionals in the underlining criminal charge as well as any licensing matters filed with the Administrative Law Judge as follows:

  • Revocation by the Medical Board
  • Revocation by the Licensed Vocational Nursing Board (LVN)
  • Revocation by the Registered Nursing Board (RN)
  • Revocation by the Bureau of Real Estate (BRE)

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call the Khachatourians Law Group before you take a plea. Let us get your case rejected, reduced, or resolved as to mitigate the collateral affects you may face after your criminal case.