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Did you know that Michigan courts aggressively prosecute domestic violence cases, even if the domestic violence victim wants to drop the charges? While this is done to ensure that dangerous individuals and/or habitual offenders are held accountable for their actions, it also means that if you are facing domestic violence charges, you should seek help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer familiar with how these cases are prosecuted.
Domestic Violence Penalties
Domestic Violence holds harsh penalties under Michigan law; two people do not need to be married for a domestic violence charge to take place. The penalties include:
- A misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine with no prior assault convictions
- A felony punishable by up to two years in prison, a $2,500 fine, or both.
Testimony by the alleged victim(s) can be extremely persuasive to both a judge and a jury, whether it is truthful or not. If the alleged victim had injuries that required medical attention, the penalties can be even more severe.
Defense for Domestic Violence
At The Law Offices of Barton Morris, we believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty and that everyone deserves high-quality legal representation. The prosecutor must make their case beyond a reasonable doubt in order to win. A skilled domestic violence attorney can instinctively identify what the holes are in the prosecution, and what weaknesses are needed to overcome to get the best outcome for you and your family.
For example, are there witnesses to the alleged incident that can provide solid testimony? Or is it more of a “he said, she said” case, which would make it tougher for the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt?
Every marriage/relationship has its issues. That does not mean that ordinary issues should carry legal consequences.
What are the Consequences of Domestic Violence Charges?
Domestic violence occurs when two people are in a domestic relationship (e.g. a married couple) and one individual uses emotional, physical, or sexual abuse to incite fear in the other individual or to restrict the other individual’s freedom. Due to the nature of the relationship between the individuals in question, these cases are almost always intense and emotionally charged. You may find yourself feeling overwhelmed.
The best way to avoid child protective services and law enforcement involvement is to seek help. Parenting classes, anger management classes, individual therapy and couple’s therapy, such as the ones provided by Starfish Family Services, are all community-based services that promote keeping a family together.
If charged with domestic assault, it’s important that a competent attorney is hired immediately to start navigating the court system – both criminal and civil child-related cases. Here are the typical events that follow a domestic violence arrest:
- The accused is almost always court-ordered to stay away from the victim. Thus, if you share a home with the accuser, you may not return to the home.
- If you require items from the home you share with the accuser, police officers will need to be present to avoid additional charges against you.
- If you and the accuser share children supervised visits will need to be arranged.
All of these conditions, however, may be modified with the right representation.
Always Take Domestic Violence Charges Seriously
A domestic violence conviction can result in substantial fines and possible jail time. Since a conviction comes with such heavy penalties, it’s essential that you take any domestic violence charges that are brought against you seriously, right from the start. As many of these cases do go to trial, it is also crucial that you find a defense attorney with both specific training and extensive trial experience.
When looking for a lawyer, you want one who:
- Is tenacious and aggressive
- Is well-established in the community
- Has specific training as a trial attorney
- Is familiar and up-to-date with all current laws
- Takes a detail-oriented approach to your defense
- Has a good track record of success with previous cases
- Has the support of an experienced, knowledgeable legal team
- Has positive relationships with the courts and other attorneys
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At The Law Offices of Barton Morris, our team of dedicated attorneys and legal professionals is driven to help people move past these painful periods. We work hard to bring our clients the type of personalized legal representation they need to feel confident.
Our Michigan domestic violence lawyers are all familiar with the many different approach strategies, including self-defense, the defense of others, and defense of property.
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