An Experienced Mississippi Criminal Defense Attorney and Lawyer for Domestic Violence (Domestic Assault)
Domestic Violence is violence between members of a household, such as spouses or domestic partners, or adult children. It involves unjust or unwarranted use of force which is usually accompanied by furry or outrage. Under Domestic Violence statutes, there does not necessarily have to be bodily contact. The threat of force or abuse is can be legally sufficient. Domestic Violence has taken prominence in modern jurisprudence. Just the allegation of Domestic Violence alone can cause the police to arrest a person and detain that person for at least 24 hours in jail. Judges take very seriously and carefully allegations of Domestic Violence.
If a person is convicted of Domestic Violence (Domestic Assault), penalties range from no jail time to long prison sentences, depending upon the severity of the charge. Fines and assessments can also be imposed. Other penalties can be imposed as well. Additionally and quite significantly, a criminal conviction for Domestic Assault can seriously impact a civil divorce case or child custody case. The courts can assume that a parent is unfit for custody of children based on one act of Domestic Violence.
Also, many employers are moving to the position that persons with even a Domestic Violence charge, let alone a conviction, will not be hired. And, if already hired, a Domestic Violence charge or conviction can lead to demotion or termination. Therefore, a Domestic Violence charge is one of the more serious charges that a person can face. As soon as an act occurs which could give rise to an Domestic Violence (Domestic Assault) charge, it is critical that a trained and competent attorney be retained in order to go to the scene and take photographs, interview witnesses, gather evidence, conduct tests, and conduct other important actions, all of which could play a vital role in exonerating the accused. Early defense work cannot be underestimated.
Possible defenses against Domestic Violence (Domestic Assault) charges can include showing self-defense or the defense of others or the defense of property, showing that the alleged threat was not practicable, that the alleged fear was unfounded, that the charge is motivated only to give the accuser an upper hand in divorce or other civil proceedings, insufficient evidence, and factually proving innocence. Anything you say can be used against you in court. Do not discuss the matter with any person until you’ve talked to the Law Offices of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C., an experienced Mississippi Criminal Defense Attorney and Lawyer for Domestic Violence (Domestic Assault).
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