Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC has significant experience working with clients across Louisiana charged with a violent crime and domestic offenses. If you have been charged with assault or battery in Louisiana, or if your matter involves domestic charges, you need the skill and diligence of our attorneys. Contact us today at (504)-605-0777 for a consultation.

Violent Crimes

Violent offenses refer to a number of charges that arise from allegations of violence or a threat of violence. Charges can range from Criminal Harassment to Home Invasions. Considering the varying levels of severity, your attorney should be able to explain to you the differences between these charges and their consequences. With assault and battery, the following distinctions can be made:

  • Assault is the credible threat of bodily harm.

  • Aggravated Assault is assault with a deadly weapon.

  • Battery is the actual act of physical violence directed at another.

While battery in Louisiana is simply the actual act of violence, the charge can traverse a broad variety of acts, from a simple bar fight or mild dispute to a violent attack that causes severe bodily harm.

If you are charged with assault or battery, the attorneys at Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC will seriously explore the feasibility of self-defense, as violence committed in the process of defending yourself or others is not battery.

Domestic Violence Charges

If you have a close relationship with the complainant, your charges may be categorized as Domestic. This typically includes family members and current or former partners. Domestic charges may result in stricter sentences.

Being accused of domestic violence is serious. The charges can adversely affect your freedom, your home and your rights to custody and visitation with your own children. Although law enforcement intervention is necessary in some cases, the pendulum has swung too far, often putting innocent people in legal jeopardy based on statements made by their alleged victims.

Loss of liberties may include:

  • Restraining or protective orders

  • Custody and/or visitation limitations

  • Monetary damages

  • Future employment opportunities

  • Gun ownership

To properly defend an individual accused of domestic violence, a criminal defense attorney must evaluate all evidence to determine whether it is adequate in support of the charges or to have the case dismissed or charges reduced. Varying defenses are available and will differ on a case-by-case basis. The facts relating to the case may include self-defense or a showing of evidence not sufficient to support the claim.


To learn more about protecting your rights when facing domestic abuse allegations, call Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC at 504-605-0777 or contact our firm online to schedule an appointment. To give you immediate and effective counsel, our criminal defense attorneys return your after-hours calls. Our locations in downtown New Orleans and downtown Covington are centrally located and within walking distance of the main courts.