Felony and misdemeanor arrests made in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Westchester, and the surrounding LAX area, will get filed in Airport Courthouse. Domestic Violence charges for Penal Code 273.5 commonly known as spousal or domestic abuse, can be filed by the District Attorney or the City Attorney in Airport Courthouse. If the case is filed by the District Attorney, it is a felony. If the case is filed by the City Attorney, it is a misdemeanor. The City Attorney’s office has hearing officers that will determine whether to file a misdemeanor domestic violence case or set it for an informal hearing. Therefore, during the pre-filing stages of a domestic violence arrest, hiring a qualified attorney may prevent criminal charges from being filed by having an informal hearing with the City Attorney’s Office. If you are facing a felony or misdemeanor case in Airport Courthouse, call Attorney Arthur Khachatourians for a defense consultation.