Domestic violence charges unfortunately may have serious and long-term consequences for a Michigan resident who is convicted of them. If you have been charged with domestic violence or believe that you may be charged, you should not hesitate to seek the help of criminal defense attorney Jonathan Jones. With over 20 years of experience, I understand the potential impact of these charges and strategies for fighting them. I know that you are going through a deeply challenging and emotional situation, and I am committed to making myself available to answer your questions and address your concerns as they arise. When you call or text me, you will be able to speak to a Detroit domestic violence lawyer directly. I recognize that each case is different, and I will develop a legal strategy that is designed for your personal needs and goals.Fighting Charges of Domestic Violence in Michigan
Domestic violence is a broad term that covers assaults or other forms of violence in many types of relationships, such as those between current or former spouses, people who are dating, people who are sharing children, or residents of the same household. Under Michigan law, there is an important distinction between a domestic violence charge and an aggravated domestic violence charge. The latter alleges a more serious type of injury and exposes a defendant to harsher penalties. Domestic violence may take many forms, including:
- Child abuse;
- Rape or other types of sexual assault; or
- Parental kidnapping.
Although it may not always seem like it when law enforcement is interacting with you, a person suspected or accused of a crime is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. The elements of the crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the highest standard in the U.S. legal system.
Depending on the situation, a Michigan resident charged with domestic violence may have many potential defenses at their disposal. For example, self-defense laws may apply to domestic violence charges when they involve assault or similar types of violent crimes. Each of us has a right to use reasonable force to defend ourselves against the use or threat of unlawful physical force against us. If there is a history of violence against you by the alleged victim, for example, this may support an argument of self-defense.
Defense of property is another possible defense to a domestic violence charge. In other circumstances, an attorney may be able to collect evidence to show that the defendant was not present when the crime occurred or challenge the statements of the alleged victim or accuser. These cases often hinge on whether the defendant or the accuser tells a more credible account of what happened, and I am here to make sure that your voice is fully heard.Consult a Domestic Violence Lawyer in Detroit or Surrounding Cities
If you are fighting a domestic violence charge in Michigan, you should discuss your situation with a Detroit domestic violence attorney who will aggressively protect your rights. I represent people who are facing prosecution throughout Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. You can call or text me at (248) 310-3399 or contact us online to set up a free appointment. I am also ready to assist you if you need a drug crime lawyer or assistance with fighting many other types of charges.