What Makes a Successful Domestic Violence Defense Attorney?
If you’re questioned by police about allegations, you should always contact an attorney before making a statement. Unfortunately, in most domestic violence cases, the accused typically makes statements to police before contacting an attorney.
If you’re in this situation, you need an attorney to evaluate all the statements made by you, the accuser, and any other witnesses. They should do this before going over the possible defense strategies in your case.
Strategy and Defense
All good defense begins with a thorough investigation of the facts.
Body-Worn Camera (BWC) footage often captures statements made by the accuser, sometimes that are inconsistent with their testimony.
We have also seen BWC footage show alleged injuries that weren’t visible.
It’s important to hire an attorney who knows to not just review the police report, but every statement made by the accuser – whether to the police, medical professionals, neighbors, friends or family.
Short of a not-guilty verdict, diversion programs typically offer the best possible resolution to a domestic violence charge. Diversion programs permit the court to sentence someone to a term of probation, jail, or both. After successful completion of the terms and conditions of probation, the case is then dismissed.
In a domestic violence case, there are two main options for diversion: 769.4a diversion and HYTA.
MCL 769.4a allows the court to sentence a first-time offender to a diversion program. After successful completion of a probation term, the court dismisses the case and no conviction is entered onto the defendant’s record.
As you can see, there are many reasons why you need a domestic violence defense attorney for your case. It’s more than just a possible “guilty” verdict; your career, family and livelihood is on the line.
If you’re facing a domestic violence charge, call our domestic violence defense attorneys today at (248) 541-2600 to schedule a free consultation.
Our domestic violence attorneys have tried over 40 felony domestic violence cases. We know how prosecutors, judges, and juries evaluate these kinds of cases.
We’ll immediately and thoroughly evaluate your case and help you develop a strategy to get the best outcome possible.