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.
Attorney John Trummer is an Associate Attorney with over a decade’s experience in sexual assault and domestic violence cases, as well as various other criminal matters. After receiving his BA in Psychology from University of Michigan, he earned his JD from Northeastern University’s School of Law in 2010. Attorney Trummer was in private practice for a few years before joining the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Assault Kit Task Force. After spending a year taking cold criminal sexual conduct cases to trial in Wayne County Circuit Court, John transferred to the Domestic Violence Unit where he spent 18 months trying felony domestic assault cases. Then, he moved to the Sexual Assault Team where he once again worked on criminal sexual cases, but contemporary cases rather than the cold cases he started out working on. Coming to the firm with an extensive background in both prosecuting and defending criminal cases, Associate Attorney John Trummer stands ready to fight for you and your rights.
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