Charged with Domestic Violence or Domestic Assault? Hire a Local Attorney
If you have been charged with domestic violence or a related crime, the first thing you should do is consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. An attorney will help you prepare for your court case and advise you on the best course of action based on your personal circumstances.
Do not try to work out a domestic violence case with the complainant. Doing so can have serious consequences. In addition to possible fines and jail time, a conviction for domestic assault can make it difficult for you to get certain jobs or volunteer with children. Lauren Taylor has handled many different types of domestic violence cases, from misdemeanor cases to felony assault and battery cases. She is an experienced, knowledgeable professional who is committed to giving you the best defense possible.
Building a Defense for Domestic Violence Charges
When you work with Lauren, she will do everything she can to defend you against domestic violence charges. If the complainant filed a false report, a skilled attorney can attack his or her credibility. If you were defending yourself against an attack by the complaining witness, you should retain a defense attorney who has experience applying the law of self-defense to domestic assault and domestic violence cases.
When the police respond to a domestic violence complaint, they have no choice about arresting someone. Mandatory arrest laws force them to determine who the “primary aggressor” was and arrest that person. If you were both equally at fault, Lauren will ask the prosecutor to reconsider the charges. If the charges are not dropped, Lauren will be prepared to defend you in front of a judge or jury.
Common Defendant Mistakes in a Domestic Violence Case
Many people charged with domestic violence believe they can talk to the complainants into dropping the charges. This is not true. If you have been charged with domestic violence, only the state can decide to drop the charges or take the matter to court. If you do not have a skilled defense attorney on your side, you may not have a strong enough defense to avoid a conviction.
Domestic Violence Case Outcomes
If you are charged with domestic assault or domestic violence, there are three ways to keep it from showing up on your record:
• Convince the state to drop the charges against you
• Convince a jury or judge of your innocence
• Successfully complete anger management classes and probation so the case is dismissed
If you do not have a history of violence, the last option is a good way to avoid the stigma of a conviction for domestic violence. If you are facing felony charges, or this is not your first time being charged with domestic violence, the last option may not be available to you. This makes it even more important to choose a skilled attorney to represent you. Lauren Taylor knows how to defend people against domestic violence charges and win criminal defense cases.