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Domestic Violence Attorneys

Defense & Representation for Clients Nationwide

Domestic violence accusations can destroy families, relationships, careers, and lives. They usually stem from different types of relationships, all of them close bonds. Being accused of domestic violence can successfully shatter those and paint you as a villain in every aspect of your life.

Domestic violence cases are unique in the way they operate. For example, prosecutors can use comments made by an alleged victim to the police instead of the ones made at trial. Instances that were never reported to the authorities could suddenly become evidence at trial.

Being accused of domestic violence in Michigan can have a severe impact on your life. Your overall reputation can be compromised, affecting both your personal and professional relationships. That’s why you need an experienced and dedicated lawyer from our firm to represent and defend you against these charges.

Have you been accused of committing domestic violence? Seek legal representation from Oliver Bell Group by calling today.

What is Domestic Violence?

In order for an assault to be classified as domestic violence, there must be a preexisting relationship between the involved parties.

Such relationships may take the form of:

  • A spouse, present or former

  • A partner in an established dating relationship

  • A member of the same household

  • A person with whom the accused has a child

In Michigan’s penal code, domestic violence and assault are characterized by an act of physical, emotional, or mental violence. It also means that these actions are putting someone in one of these relationships at risk or in harm’s way. These acts can often be unintentional or misinterpreted, leading to an accusation by an alleged victim.

It is important to know how Michigan defines a “dating relationship.” The penal code states that it means “frequent, intimate associations primarily characterized by the expectation of affectionate involvement” and excludes casual affairs or a business/social relationship. This information can be vital in your case, as someone can try to claim that a casual relationship was something more in order to fit state definitions and requirements for domestic violence.

What are Domestic Violence Charges in Michigan?

Domestic abuse is a serious matter. In 2017, The Michigan State Police Crime published that there were 91,004 reported victims and 105 reported murders related to domestic violence. Domestic violence is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 93 days in jail as well as a potential of a $500 fine.

Acts that may constitute domestic violence can include:

  • Placing a family or household member in fear of physical or mental harm

  • Causing or attempting to cause physical harm to a family or household member

  • Engaging in behavior that may make a family or household member feel terrorized or fearful for their safety

If you’ve been accused, you need an aggressive attorney who tirelessly works towards protecting your rights and achieving a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Michigan Aggravated Domestic Assault Charges

The Michigan penal code states that aggravated domestic assault charges can be claimed when an alleged victim receives injuries that require medical treatment, especially if the treatment is ongoing. A jail sentence is usually associated with a charge of aggravated domestic assault, along with fines.

For a misdemeanor (first-offense) conviction, those convicted face up to one year in jail and/or $1,000 in fines. For a felony conviction, the penalty is up to two years of jail time and/or $2,500 in fines.

Medical treatment is often needed for head injuries, broken bones, fractures, and many other commonplace injuries that can happen as a result of falls among other ordinary instances. An injury could have been sustained earlier in the day or week, and only be shown at its most aggressive stage during the time of the accusation. It is very easy to mistake these injuries for ones caused by domestic assault.

What Happens If My Case Goes to Trial?

In the time that your trial is pending, a “no contact provision” may be ordered. It requires you to stay away from the accused and not contact them or have interactions with them in any capacity. It may also be used to tell you areas that are off-limits to you, or how far you must stay away from them.

Don’t worry, we are on your side. Domestic violence is often falsely reported, and many people feel that their situation fits the criteria for a domestic violence charge when it in fact falls short. The laws regarding domestic violence in Michigan can be quite intricate, which is why you need a reputable and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.

Call or send us a message for a free consultation with the Oliver Bell Group.

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