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Batterer’s Programs

There are several privately operated domestic violence programs in San Francisco including Manalive and Men Overcoming Violence, MOVE. As their names suggest, the most people running programs consider domestic violence a male problem. Some experts on domestic violence are of the opinion that batterer’s programs are no help at all. Some of my clients say they have gotten a lot out of their classes. Others have conflicts with self-righteous program directors and counselors. Guess who gets in trouble with the judge when the program has a problem with one of their participants.

The defendants pay for the mandatory classes and the court gets progress reports and monitors a defendant’s participation, at first with appearances a week or two apart, and then monthly. Defendants who are mentally unstable are sent to the Center for Special Problems. These programs are confrontational and run a tight ship. If you miss meetings, don’t get to the meetings on time, or don’t participate to the counselor’s satisfaction in Group, you can get dropped from the program. The judge might re-refer you, or order you to attend classes in jail. The Sheriff’s Department has a program through the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) where people on probation can take classes if they are eligible.

Batterer’s programs can be a shock at first. After a while you may warm up to them. Even if you don’t agree with your counselors or the other individuals who have been ordered to attend the classes, it is best to exhibit a tolerant and open attitude, and be willing to participate cheerfully in the discussions. The counselor fills out a report form for each of your court progress report appearances and an unfavorable report will result in admonishments from the judge. Make sure you arrive early for your classes, make at least some payments towards the class fees, and don’t miss any classes. Tardiness, absences, and not making an effort to pay the class fees result in unfavorable progress reports and the judge will not be pleased with you.

After conviction the first few times a defendant goes to court for a progress report the judge may ask them how they are doing in the batter’s program. If you are ordered to attend batterer’s counseling as a condition of your pretrial release you should under no circumstances discuss the facts of your case or admit to the counselor that you are guilty. The group leader may well inform the prosecution in spite of the patient/client privilege.

Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer

The stakes are high in a California domestic violence case. A criminal conviction for domestic battery or criminal threats in California may result in jail, large fines, mandatory domestic violence counseling sessions which meet two (2) hours weekly for a minimum of one year, mandatory alcohol education classes, personal conduct orders, stay away orders, temporary restraining orders, and other punishment as provided by Penal Code section 1203.097. For that reason, it is critical that that a person charged with domestic assault, domestic battery, criminal threats or stalking have only a qualified domestic violence defense lawyer to handle the case from the earliest possible moment.

Robert Tayac is recognized as being among the top domestic violence lawyers in California and represents clients in criminal cases related to domestic violence, assault and battery, and applications for and responses to restraining orders. Attorneys, investigators and experts working with this highly specialized law office represent clients in the Northern California criminal courts located in San Francisco, San Mateo Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Sonoma and Napa counties. Additionally, lawyers of this law firm represent clients seeking or defending against temporary restraining orders and no harassment orders before the superior courts of San Francisco, San Rafael, Redwood City, South San Francisco, Napa, Oakland, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, San Jose and Santa Rosa. The firm accepts only California domestic battery cases, California temporary restraining order actions or California driving under the influence cases.

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An arrest for domestic battery, domestic assault, criminal threats or stalking in California may result in actual jail, large fines, mandatory 52 weeek batterer's treatment program, mandatory alcohol education classes, and other punishment. For that reason, it is important that you have only a qualified California criminal defense lawyer handling your domestic violence case from the beginning. If you or someone you know has been or may be accused of domestic violence, we invite you to read the information contained in this website and welcome you to call our office and discuss your case with a domestic violence lawyer. If you prefer, you may submit a confidential case questionnaire which will be reviewed by a member of our firm and receive a prompt response.

If you hire Robert Tayac to handle your domestic violence case, you will know your case is being properly handled by a knowledgeable, experienced, and trustworthy California criminal defense lawyer.

Office Locations and Areas We Serve

Mr. Tayac represents clients who have been arrested in the following counties as well as other cities throughout California and can meet clients at one of several office locations in Northern California.

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This website is about California’s domestic violence laws and the San Francisco and Bay Area courts. Domestic violence cases in California frequently must be fought. Many people arrested for domestic violence are innocent. A person doesn't have to commit a crime to be taken to jail by the police, especially in domestic abuse cases.