Michigan law enforcement and legal officials take domestic violence allegations seriously. However, there are two sides to every story, and not everyone accused of abuse is guilty. At Brandon Gardner & Associates, we often assist clients by mounting a strong defense against domestic abuse charges.
FindLaw reports that there are several potential defenses for individuals wrongly accused of committing domestic violence.
- False allegations – Most relationships are complicated under the best circumstances. If you are going through a divorce or custody case, the stress increases. Your former spouse may file false charges deliberately out of spite. The defense team digs into the details located in the report, searching for inconsistencies that can help avoid a conviction.
- Wrong suspect – Although the signs of abuse are often clear, the identity of the suspect may not be. A defense attorney might present evidence that provides an alibi that proves you were elsewhere at the time of the alleged incident.
- Self-defense – In many cases, a person accused of domestic violence states that they acted in defense of children or themselves. This strategy may work if you can prove you perceived an imminent threat, and the response was proportional.
- Insufficient proof – An experienced defense attorney may poke holes in the prosecution’s case. There cannot be a conviction without meeting the burden of proof requirement.
The goal of our legal system protects domestic violence victims as well as those wrongly accused of the abuse. This is a criminal matter, not a civil one and a conviction can alter your life irrevocably. An attorney well-versed in such issues can help avoid or reduce charges. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.