Grand Rapids Domestic Violence Attorney
What Is the Definition of Domestic Violence in Michigan?
You could be accused of a domestic violence offense if you commit assault and/or battery against a family or household member. Assault is generally defined as engaging in conduct that would make a person fear that they are in imminent danger of physical harm.
Battery is the completion of that threat, which means you made actual contact with the other person.
Is Emotional Abuse a Crime in Michigan?
Yes, emotional abuse is a crime in Michigan. Emotional abuse can include verbal assaults, like name-calling and also terrorizing. That said, it is safe to say that "emotional" and "mental" abuse are likely viewed as being the same thing in the eyes of the law.
A domestic violence charge could be filed if you harm or threaten to harm any of the following individuals:
- Spouse or former spouse
- Current or former dating partner
- Person with whom you share a child
- Current or former roommate
When you're facing a domestic violence charge, it's best to contact a Grand Rapids lawyer right away.
The sooner they get started, the more time they have to review the prosecutor's evidence against you and spot weaknesses in the case. Our attorney will be committed to building a strong legal strategy for you and will work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.
Michigan’s Domestic Violence, Assault, & Battery Penalties
The potential conviction penalties you could face for a domestic violence offense depend on your particular situation.
- Misdemeanor charge
- Up to 93 days in jail, and/or
- Up to $500 in fines
- Misdemeanor charge
- Up to 1 year in jail, and/or
- Up to $1,000 in fines
Third or subsequent offense:
- Felony charge
- Up to 5 years in prison, and/or
- Up to $5,000 in fines
In addition to the criminal penalties imposed, you could also face collateral consequences.
For instance, you will have a mark on your criminal record, and if you apply for employment, housing, or government assistance and a background check is conducted, your conviction may raise a red flag. You could also lose certain rights, such as that to possess or own a firearm.
How Do I Get A Domestic Violence Case Dismissed In Michigan?
The only choice is to maintain the services of an experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyer who has an understanding for the situation with extensive background defending domestic violence cases. Obtaining proper counsel might help defeat the charges completely or minimize the punishment received.
Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC Domestic Abuse Legal Counsel
A domestic violence charge is triggered when you commit an offense against a person with whom you have a specific relationship.
If you are found guilty of the alleged crime, you could be facing jail time and/or hefty fines.
Because the state prosecutes these matters, you will be going up against an opponent who likely has extensive legal experience and is determined to prove your guilt. To level the playing field, it's crucial to have a fierce advocate on your side – one who knows not just the facts of your case but also you as an individual.
When you retain the legal services of Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC, you'll get just that – an aggressive attorney ready to fight hard against the prosecutor.
Our lawyer has years of experience working in the criminal justice system. We will be your loyal advocate focused on your best interests. As a small firm, we are able to provide the personalized legal service you need.
You work directly with your attorney from start to finish. They are personally invested in your case and involved at all times.
Experienced & Respected
Consistently ranked as one of the best young lawyers law firms in Michigan and known for obtaining better results than most firms in the area.
We keep you informed and help you fully understand your options. We are dedicated to understanding your goals so we represent you best.
The Ability to Go to Trial
Many cases are resolved without going to court, but we prepare every case for trial. This allows us to negotiate from a position of strength.
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