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Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney in a Domestic Violence Case

Posted on in Criminal Defense

Domestic violence is a significant component in many family law matters. A substantial number of separation and divorce actions involve domestic abuse, but it can bring criminal charges as well. Charges are likely to come if a case involves:

  • Severe injury
  • Weapon use
  • Recurring abuse
  • Drugs or alcohol

Legal Penalties of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence often results in civil litigation, which leads to a damage award for the victim's lost wages and medical bills. Additionally, misdemeanor or felony charges can result. A misdemeanor is typically punishable by a short jail sentence and a fine. Felonies, however, carry longer sentences and steeper financial penalties. Domestic violence conviction can result in the loss of child custody and visitation, as well as a protective order being issued.

Domestic Violence Defenses

In some cases, a person accused of domestic violence can claim self-defense. For example, a spouse may claim that his or her actions were in response to violence brought by the other party. Here, the defendant must prove that they were not the aggressor, and they must prove that the force they used was of a reasonable amount. A standard criminal defense can typically be used in domestic violence cases, and the defendant must provide adequate proof.

Hiring an Attorney After Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic violence is a very serious legal matter, and it can involve lasting penalties. One may need to hire a criminal defense attorney for help with domestic violence charges. The attorney can represent the client and determine his or her legal rights. Moreover, if the client needs to file a legal claim, they can contact us to find out how a lawyer can provide courtroom representation.

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