Domestic Violence

"The charge of domestic violence is one of the most common types of criminal cases that are heard in our district courts."
 
Essentially, domestic violence is defined as an assault and battery on a spouse or a person whom you have lived with or had a dating or former dating relationship with. If you are convicted of domestic violence, you can be punished up to 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. The penalties are increased accordingly if there have been previous convictions or the injuries are more serious.
Domestic violence cases are very fact specific.
Oftentimes, one spouse is charged with an offense when, in fact, both spouses participated in the activity. There are many defense available with the most common being that the person accused acted in self defense. For first time offenders, Michigan has a specific statute that allows a person to avoid a conviction if certain requirements are met. If you have been charged with domestic violence, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fully evaluate your case.