Criminal Defense/Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers
Criminal charges that stem from domestic violence accusations are becoming increasingly common. If you were accused of domestic violence, you’re likely wondering how criminal charges may hurt you and your family. Even if you are bailed out of jail, the law may preclude you from going home or having any contact with your family immediately following your release.
Domestic violence charges can result in serious penalties, and an experienced lawyer who can support you throughout the entire criminal proceeding should handle them. If you or a loved one is facing domestic violence charges, call McPhie Law today at (480) 400-5555, or contact us online. We’re here to help during this difficult time.
At McPhie Law, our attorneys have experience handling a wide range of domestic violence cases. In the past, we have gotten our clients’ charges dropped or reduced, and we always strive to keep our clients out of jail and conviction-free. We are often able to disprove false accusations and help find effective solutions, providing our clients with the ability to focus on living rather than fighting their criminal charges. We provide a caring, determined legal team that helps ensure that our clients receive the best outcomes possible given the specific circumstances of their cases.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a crime committed against someone with whom you live. Depending on the jurisdiction, this can include your spouse, siblings, children, parents, or other residents of your home. Some specific violent acts that may qualify as domestic violence, if perpetrated against someone with whom you live, include:
- Hitting, punching, or slapping
- Hair pulling
- Use of weapons
- Preventing someone from eating or sleeping
- Abandoning family members in unknown locations
- Forcing substance abuse
- Other violent or controlling behaviors that are intended to cause harm to the victim
The victim does not necessarily need to report or press domestic violence charges for you to face criminal proceedings. In many cases, domestic violence is first reported by neighbors or others who observe or overhear the violent behavior. The consequences and punishment are often determined by the prosecutor, judge, or jury, rather than the individual that you allegedly assaulted.
How You Can Face Unfair Domestic Violence Accusations
Domestic violence charges aren’t as cut and dry as one may think. The process may not proceed with total honesty, including:
- Trying to turn the tables on the abused. In some cases, the abuser may try to report the person they are abusing for domestic violence, in an attempt to divert attention or pass blame on to the victim.
- Unsubstantiated reports of domestic violence. Teachers, therapists, and others who regularly work with children are mandatory reporters, meaning that if see evidence of child abuse, they must report their concern to the proper authorities. In some cases, however, these individuals may report domestic violence when it has not occurred, or they may unfairly report abuse based on signs that they have incorrectly observed.
- The wrong parent facing domestic violence charges. If several people live in the same house, the identity of a domestic violence perpetrator may prove difficult to establish. In some cases, the perpetrator may attempt to frame another person living in the house.
- Misunderstandings. Oftentimes, when domestic violence is reported by a neighbor or other bystander, that person has misread the situation. For example, neighbors may misinterpret a loud television program, noisy relations between spouses, or even a loud, non-violent argument as domestic violence, leading to significant problems for the accused.
If you are unfairly accused of domestic violence, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer’s goal is to ensure that you aren’t wrongfully convicted of domestic violence. Your lawyer can also help track down and introduce relevant supporting evidence, and can point out discrepancies in your accuser’s allegations at trial.
What Are the Potential Consequences for Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a serious criminal charge that can include serious consequences. If you stand accused of domestic violence, you may face:
- The loss of legal rights to your children. If you’re charged with domestic abuse of your children, you may lose your legal right to see them, or may only see them under supervision.
- Restraining orders. A restraining order may prevent you from being in the same area as the person you are accused of abusing, and bar you from contacting them in any way.
- Loss of the right to a driver’s license or to own a firearm. Depending on the severity of the accusations, and whether you are ultimately convicted of a felony, you may lose fundamental rights.
- Rehabilitation. In some cases, the court may require you to take anger management or parenting classes to help you learn how to manage your temper and avoid any future violence.
- Criminal consequences. The criminal consequences associated with domestic violence convictions may include jail time, fines, probation, and mandatory treatments.
- Paying damages. The court may require you to pay for medical care, lost wages, or other expenses that the victim incurs as a result of your alleged violence.
How Much Will a Domestic Violence Lawyer Cost Me?
While you may worry that retaining a criminal defense attorney will cost a lot of money, don’t let that deter you from contacting a lawyer immediately. At McPhie Law, we offer free consultations, during which you can discuss your case with an experienced lawyer, as well as request an estimate of potential costs. Domestic violence charges may jeopardize your freedom and/or your family life, which is why hiring an attorney immediately is an important first step—and perhaps less expensive than a conviction.
Get the Help You Need at McPhie Law
If you are accused of domestic violence, you need a lawyer who will stand by you throughout the process, who will ensure that you aren’t unfairly charged and that the penalties you face won’t ruin your life. If you face domestic violence charges, call McPhie Law today at (480) 400-5555, or contact us online. We want to help you navigate the complex court system, and we can provide advice throughout the legal process, including how to handle the initial arrest and determining how to proceed if your case goes to trial. Don’t try and fight domestic charges alone—contact us today!