Defending Against Charges Of Domestic Violence
When what starts as a minor altercation leads to you being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, you have the right to enlist an experienced attorney to fight the charges. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined experience. The firm’s senior` criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor. He knows how district attorneys approach domestic violence cases. We leverage that knowledge to your advantage, whether it is in negotiations or in trial.
The Approach Used By Prosecutors
Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously. Police are required to make an arrest when they are called to the scene and believe an act of domestic violence has occurred. Prosecutors take these matters so seriously that they will often dig through your personal history to look for anything else that shows that this is a trend. If they find anything, they may use it against you. Misdemeanors can be upgraded to felonies. Sentences can become harsher. We know this approach and we know how to fight it.
The Impact Of A Domestic Violence Conviction
Domestic violence charges can result in immediate complications. You may find yourself on the wrong end of a restraining/protection order that keeps you out of your house and away from your family. This can be just the start.
Technically, domestic violence is not a criminal charge. It is a sentence enhancer attached to another charge, such as assault or harassment. If a charge that is enhanced with domestic violence results in a conviction, that conviction becomes even more serious. A domestic violence conviction will involve costly domestic violence classes and result in the loss of your right to own a firearm. A conviction will also carry with it a stigma that could impact employment opportunities and other prospects. Our lawyers are prepared to fight these charges and protect you from the impact that would come with a conviction.