Domestic violence charges carry a powerful negative social stigma and can expose a person to the possibility of serving various penalties, including jail time, harsh fines, community service, and possible loss of child custody. Being charged with domestic violence in and of itself can create difficult circumstances for a person, bringing various emotional hardships such as fear, anxiety, and distressing thoughts regarding an uncertain future. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is vital you retain a strong defense to improve your chances of securing a reduction or dismissal of your charges.
I am Macomb County criminal defense attorney James T. Bowden, and I can provide you with the skillful and aggressive representation that you need in order to fight for your rights in court. With personalized advocacy and an unparalleled dedication to protecting your wellbeing, I am equipped with the knowledge and skills to help you get through this difficult time and maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome for your situation.
A domestic relationship can consist of any of the following, and therefore any violence against these people (either sex) can result in domestic violence charges:
Current or former spouses
Couples in a dating relationship
Couples who share a child in common
Members of the same household
Penalties for conviction will vary in severity depending on the specific charges brought against a defendant. Various actions that could warrant an arrest for domestic violence may include various assault and battery crimes. In some cases, the victim must not suffer from any physical injuries, only fear of injury. In the case of domestic assault, you could face misdemeanor charges with jail time up to 93 days, and up to $500 in fines for a first conviction. A third conviction will result in felony penalties which carry up to 2 years in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.
If the victim of violence suffered serious injuries, a defendant can be charged with aggravated assault and face penalties of up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines for a first conviction. A second conviction will result in felony penalties of up to 2 years in prison, and up to $2,500 in fines. With stakes this high, if you have been accused of any of the above offenses, it is vital you contact my firm as soon as possible to begin building your defense.
If you are in need of an attorney for a domestic violence charge in Macomb County or Oakland County, Bowden Law, PLLC is here to help. I offer skillful representation for those who have been arrested and charged with various criminal activities. If you choose to work with me, then you can be sure that I will stand by you throughout the duration of your case and provide you with the aggressive representation that you need in order to effectively pursue a favorable outcome.