Domestic violence is often a heated, ugly, unplanned situation that simply went out of control. Often, the accusations are completely false, baseless, and are one party attempting to gain advantage over the other part. In fact, many times, one person is trying to get revenge upon another for completely petty reasons.
Criminal defense attorneys from Patituce & Associates are prepared to defend you from the accusations, or an arrest, for domestic violence (code 2919.25). We protect clients from these charges by always preparing our cases-from the start-as if we are going to go to trial. We understand the consequences associated with these allegations; however, many defense lawyers do not.
For instance, the first time you're convicted and sentenced for domestic violence, it is a misdemeanor of the first degree-meaning that you face up to 6 months in county jail. However, a second, third, or forth domestic violence can be a felony resulting up to 8 years in prison.
And if you are in the military, or are a police officer, a conviction will end your career.
For most cases, domestic violence charges starts off as a misdemeanor; however, depending on your prior history with the law, they may become a felony. As a misdemeanor, all first offense domestic violence charges where physical harm is the basis for the charge (which can be something as simple as a scratch) start with...
On top of the criminal penalties that are imposed, the convicted will have several civil type of penalties. For example, they can never have possession of a firearm, cannot expunge the charge, and may be subject to a civil protection order. Finally, domestic violence charges escalate depending on the number of priors that the defendant has. A second domestic violence is a felony with prison being a reality.
Once you have been charged, the case has been taken over by the prosecutor's office. They take all domestic violence charges seriously and ensure that the victim and the victim's rights are protected. It is ultimately up to the prosecuting attorney assigned to your case to determine if they will proceed with the charges against you.
Most people, even some defense attorneys, fail to recognize that when you are accused of committing this crime, it has to be handled appropriately. Only with the experience, do attorneys discover that these cases are all too often the result of raw nerves, tough situations, or events outside the control of the client. That is why some attorneys will try to force the alleged victim into recanting his, or her, story about what really happened. Our domestic violence defense attorneys know that there is no point in trying to get a witness to change their story. Rather, our job is to defend our client and prepare the family for reconciliation after the case is over.
Call us today at (440) 709-8088 to setup a free consultation concerning your case. We are flexible regarding payment and accept cash, check, money orders, and all major credit cards.