Satawa Law, PLLC
There are a variety of offenses which can fall under the general domain of domestic violence or domestic abuse. Domestic violence has gained a considerable amount of attention over the past few years, and most law enforcement agencies have developed new, stricter policies for enforcing new and existing laws. Crimes of domestic violence are aggressively prosecuted, even when the alleged victim declines to press charges. In many cases jail time is sought even on a first offense. Assault, battery, and false imprisonment of a household member may all be considered domestic violence or abuse, and if you’ve been charged with the crime, be aware that it can be one of the very toughest cases to defend.
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Domestic violence crimes can occur between spouses, domestic partners, former partners or spouses, parents and children or even those who are currently involved in a dating situation. As a matter of fact, according to Michigan law, simply threatening to kill your girlfriend can result in your being charged with domestic violence. A conviction on domestic violence charges can seriously impact the rest of your life, so don’t take such charges lightly. Finding a Michigan criminal defense attorney who is highly experienced in defending charges of domestic violence can mean the difference in returning to your life, or going to prison and having a criminal record which will follow you forever.
False Reports of Domestic Violence
The attorneys of Satawa Law are well aware that personal relationships are often volatile and that tempers can flare, and police officers end up being brought into what was basically a heated argument. Often, because the officers don’t really know what happened, they will simply arrest one of the parties, usually the man. While it is true that domestic violence is one of the most underreported crimes, it is also one of the most falsely reported crimes. Many times, especially during divorce proceedings, false accusations of domestic violence may be made simply to get the upper hand in child custody and other divorce issues. The attorneys of Satawa Law are experts at documenting the critical details which could identify inconsistencies in your accuser’s version of events and, ultimately, prove your innocence. We will request 911 tapes, police dispatch tapes and witness statements, and if there are discrepancies, we will find them and use them in your comprehensive defense.
Penalties for Domestic Violence
The courts in Michigan will most likely consider such issues as whether you have any prior convictions for domestic violence, whether you were on parole or probation when you committed the alleged offense as well as your specific community’s attitude toward the crime of domestic violence. If convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence the judge could sentence you to probation, participation in mandatory treatment programs, short to moderate jail sentences and a fine. Additionally, you will be unable to own a gun while on probation and may even have to undergo routine drug testing, or anger management classes. Your conviction for domestic violence will also remain on your record, and you will also be subject to missing time from work and possibly paying to a victim’s fund or a domestic violence fund in addition to court fines. You can also have your children taken away by CPS while the charges of domestic violence are being investigated.
Satawa Law Can Help!
Domestic violence tends to be a highly political issue, putting judges and prosecutors under tremendous pressure to come down hard on those charged with the crime. Even though they may fully recognize that the accuser may be just as guilty as the accused, they still feel the necessity to show their support of the tough domestic violence laws of the state. We listen to our clients, obtain their version of the story, and develop the most successful defense strategy possible. Don’t take charges of domestic violence lightly—call us today.
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If you have been arrested or accused of domestic violence, our team of Southfield Domestic Violence lawyers are ready to help defend your rights and protect your future. We understand the life-changing nature of these types of allegations. We never judge or assume; rather, we immediately start to try and determine the best way to win that case. We do that while providing our clients with the empathetic and compassionate guidance they need to get through this difficult time.
We have won the majority of the many cases we have defended at trial, and can use our extensive experience and expertise to help you as well. Do not wait for the police or prosecutors to make the first move. Speak with our Southfield defense team now, and allow us to put our knowledge, skill, and expertise to good use.
THE BEST DEFENSE STRATEGY IS AN AGGRESSIVE OFFENSE
Simply put, we are not afraid to take on prosecutors. We know that a relentless, effective, and well-thought out defense strategy will be critical to the success of a case. Because we always prepare every case extensively from the very beginning of our representation, we can offer persuasive rebuttals to any allegations brought by the Prosecution. We developed a multi-disciplinary approach, using a team of professionals to investigate and prepare our defense – experts, psychologists, lawyers, trial consultants, investigators, and jury consultants to prepare our client and our case for trial. We employ mock trials, practice direct and cross examinations, focus groups, client reenactments, and interview every possible witness to leave no trial stone unturned, and put the case in the best position to be won. When falsely accused of a crime, we demand that our clients to be treated fairly and equally by the justice system. We defend their rights, and protect their future.