Arroyo Law Center - Richard Arroyo, Attorney
203 Church Ave
Chula VistaCA 91910

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Arroyo Law Center - Richard Arroyo, Attorney |203 Church AveChula VistaCA91910 | (619) 370-9074

Domestic Violence

Protecting Your Rights
in Your Domestic Violence Case

Domestic violence can be a misdemeanor or felony in the state of California. To prove the crime of domestic violence, there must be a willfully inflicted physical injury to the victim that results in a traumatic injury. Physical injury can be inflicted by hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, biting, pushing, strangling, stabbing, etc. The physical injury must be caused willfully and not accidentally. Lastly, the result of the physical injury should be some sort of a traumatic injury such as a scratch, redness, bruising, swelling, broken bones, etc.

If these elements are not met, there can be no domestic violence charge. If the above elements are met and you are charged with domestic violence, there are several ways to fight the charges.

The most common defense for domestic violence is self-defense. Self-defense can be used when a person hurts another because they were trying to protect themselves. Somewhat related to self-defense is mutual combat.

The defense of mutual combat arises when the defendant initiates the physical altercation but then tries to stop fighting and the other party refuses. In that situation, if the victim suffers injuries, it is not the defendant's responsibility.

Another common defense is an accident. As stated above, the injury must be willfully inflicted; so if someone got hurt accidentally, that is a proper legal defense.

Another defense is false accusations. Often, in an emotional situation, people may not think clearly and blame each other for things that did not occur. If there was a false accusation, the victim may be held liable for making this false accusation. If the victim drops charges, the defendant is likely not off the hook and may still be charged with domestic violence.

It is important to speak with a qualified domestic violence defense attorney at the earliest possible moment regarding your case. Contact Richard F. Arroyo at Arroyo Law Center - Richard Arroyo, Attorney for a FREE mobile or office consultation.

 

Drug Charges

You Don't Have to Face Drug Charges Alone

Defense of drug crimes and drug charges in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California are one of the most frequent types of legal representation at Arroyo Law Center - Richard Arroyo, Attorney. Richard Arroyo has successfully defended numerous persons accused of drug-related crimes, from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Furthermore, he has defended persons in various types of drug cases ranging from the possession, sale, transportation, cultivation, and manufacturing of narcotics. Through the years, he has obtained superb results in drug cases ranging from dismissal to a substantial reduction in sentences including complete diversion.

Richard has handled drug cases involving the possession and sale of various narcotics including but limited to cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), GHB, and other narcotics. In most cases in California, the possession of a narcotic, no matter how small the quantity, is a felony. He’s also had tremendous success in providing clients with a complete dismissal of felony drug possession cases. He has also successfully had drug cases dismissed for clients by utilizing diversion.

Contact Richard F. Arroyo at Arroyo Law Center - Richard Arroyo, Attorney got a FREE mobile or office consultation.

Rely on Our DUI Defense Experience

Far too often, when people get arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), they assume that either they must be guilty or even if they are innocent, there is nothing they can do to avoid being found guilty at trial. If you have been arrested for DUI in California, it is critical that you not make these dangerous assumptions. When you contact Arroyo Law Center - Richard Arroyo, Attorney, for DUI defense, you may have several defenses available. And with the help of an experienced defense attorney, you may be able to avoid having a DUI on your criminal record.

Some of the DUI cases we’ve handled include:

  • You were simply driving poorly
  • No objective symptoms
  • Your field sobriety test (FST) results are unreliable
  • Your blood or breath test results are unreliable
  • Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was rising:
  • Your “mouth alcohol” caused a falsely inflated BAC reading
  • You have a medical condition that caused a falsely inflated BAC reading
  • You were unlawfully stopped or arrested
  • The police failed to follow proper procedures
  • The police violated your constitutional rights


To find out which defenses you may be able to use in your case, contact us for a FREE consultation today.

Theft Crimes

Defense Representation for Theft Crimes

Many people charged with theft crimes are good, productive citizens who made an unfortunate mistake and deserve a second chance rather than a permanent criminal record and jail time. Moreover, sometimes innocent people get wrongly accused of theft crimes based on false allegations or misleading evidence.

A California theft-related conviction can be particularly harmful in terms of gaining future employment, state licensing, and other benefits. Although most theft convictions can eventually be expunged, they will still surface on background checks.

Types of Theft Defense Cases:

  • Petty Theft
  • Grand Theft
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Auto Burglary
  • Shoplifting
  • Embezzlement
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking
  • Mail Theft


Contact Richard F. Arroyo at Arroyo Law Center - Richard Arroyo, Attorney for a FREE mobile or office consultation.

School Crime Defense

Defending the Rights of Students at All Levels

If your child is accused of committing a crime within campus jurisdiction, the school district may take action to discipline your child. Rather than working directly with the school board, parents should hire a skilled school disciplinary hearing lawyer. While it can appear to parents that the school has their child's best interest in mind, the school is the last place parents should go to for advice in this situation.

San Diego County schools have a zero-tolerance policy for any criminal activity at school sites. Police are routinely called to investigate student criminal activity, and suspension followed by expulsion from the school district is the norm.

Richard Arroyo defends students accused of committing various crimes on school grounds before both the juvenile courts and the school district. It is important to speak with a qualified school crime defense attorney at the earliest possible moment regarding your child’s case. 

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Sexual Crime Defense

Knowledgeable Representation
for Sex Crime Charges

Perhaps the most stigmatizing and serious charges an accused may face involve sex offenses. Even the mere accusation of a sex offense can create serious problems for an accused. Richard Arroyo has discreetly and successfully defended persons accused of such crimes and understands the multitude of issues one has to deal with in defending such cases.

In California, if the act of a sexual nature is illegal, it is considered to be a sex crime. All sex crimes are different, and they have their own specific circumstances which influence the incrimination of the acts. Sex offenders’ punishment varies depending on the committed crime as well as the criminal history of the convicted. Below, we will introduce you to the main elements of California sex crimes.

Types of Sex Crimes We Defend:

  • Rape
  • Sexual Battery
  • Oral Copulation
  • Internet Pornography

Vandalism & Graffiti Defense

Defending Against Vandalism and Graffiti Charges

Vandalism is not just graffiti, tagging, breaking windows, and smashing mailboxes. Common types of vandalism can also include etching or carving into glass or wood, such as tables, chairs, desks, benches, and trees; breaking items that belong to your significant other or family members; breaking a window or door; breaking car lights and "keying" car bodies; tagging with markers ("tips") or spray paint; and damaging somebody else's property, including mailboxes, cars, plants, lawns, or other personal or business property.

Vandalism is one of the more common criminal charges in San Diego, but it is often a mistake, or the result of a juvenile caught up in a series of unfortunate events. Charges can be reduced and so can the consequences.

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Violent Crimes Defense

Violent crimes are perhaps the most serious charges requiring a dedicated defense lawyer with experience in violent crime cases. Richard Arroyo has handled a variety of violent crime cases, including robbery, felony resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault and battery. Sentencing in these types of cases can range from probation to lengthy prison time. It is important to hire an experienced and dedicated attorney when handling such cases to ensure that your rights are protected and the best possible result is obtained in your case.

Richard Arroyo has successfully represented clients in violent crime cases by either negotiating a favorable agreement for the client, winning a jury trial, or having the case dismissed as a result of a legal mistake by law enforcement, the prosecutor, or even the court.

Contact Richard F. Arroyo at Arroyo Law Center - Richard Arroyo, Attorney for a FREE mobile or office consultation.

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