Charged with Domestic Violence and Abuse? Now What?

By Kathryn Simmons,

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If you have been charged with domestic violence and abuse in Michigan, take action quickly. Contact a defense attorney and discuss the details of your case. Depending upon the allegations being made against you, you may be subject to a jail term, fines and even a costly civil action lawsuit for the personal injuries and property damage associated with your alleged offense.

If you have been arrested on charges of domestic violence and abuse, call 248-408-7679. I offer free initial consultations and affordable flat-rate fees

Many instances of vocal confrontations and physical altercations within the home are simply products of escalated misunderstandings reported by passersby or neighbors. Nonetheless, when incidents of violence or abuse within the home are reported, they are taken quite seriously. Police protocol requires expedient action, which is sometimes lacking for proper judgment. Not every set of circumstances presents an accurate depiction of the alleged volatile incident that has occurred.

Offenders charged with domestic violence and abuse are more often than not displaced from their homes and forbidden from making any contact with their accusers or their children until their cases are heard before the court. This means that a false accusation of domestic violence can literally leave a suspected offender homeless while they await their trials.

Offenders convicted on charges of domestic violence and abuse may face:

  • Misdemeanor penalties of up to 93 days in jail or a $500 fine, or both, for a first offense
  • Misdemeanor penalties of up to 1 year in jail or a $1,000 fine, or both, for a second offense
  • Felony penalties of up to 2 years in state prison or a $2,500 fine, or both, for a third offense

The penalties for convicted offenders are quite serious, and convictions on charges of violence in the State of Michigan can prevent those found guilty of such charges from obtaining jobs in certain fields, such as personal care (CNAs) and childcare. Misdemeanor convictions appear on criminal records, so they will appear on any background checks submitted for employment, college, insurance and loan applications, obtaining a credit card, or obtaining residency at an apartment complex.

The responsibility of having to explain your past at every turn can be a heavy burden to accept over time, especially if the charges leveled against you were false and the result of a gross misinterpretation of the circumstances at the scene of the offense. So, if you have been arrested on charges of abuse or violence within the home, contact a defense attorney.

A domestic violence and abuse attorney can help you devise a defense against charges stemming from:

  • A one-time incident involving a heated argument that led to the implementation of verbal threats or physical contact
  • An act of self-defense or the defense of another inpidual in danger of being harmed by an angry, irrational or intoxicated family member
  • Claims of domestic violence and abuse by an intoxicated inpidual who was incapable of understanding the circumstances at the time of the incident and who is incapable of providing accurate and reliable testimony before the courts
  • Exaggerations of the circumstances that resulted in the charging and arrest of the inpidual accused
  • Fictitious claims made by another member of the household in order to gain an upper hand during porce or child custody proceedings

Michigan laws recognize the potential for both men and women to instigate and initiate abuse and violence, so don’t be misled into thinking that your gender will somehow sway the courts in your favor or out of your favor. If you have been arrested on charges of violence or abuse within the home, speak to an attorney. The consequences of a conviction can lead to a lifetime’s worth of hassle and explanations.

If you have been arrested on charges of domestic violence and abuse, call 248-408-7679. I offer free initial consultations and affordable flat-rate fees

Kathryn L. Simmons is a defense attorney in Lake Orion, Orion Township, Rochester Hills, Oxford, Clarkston, Auburn Hills, Waterford, Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Macomb County and the Oakland County Circuit Court.

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