Domestic violence cases are often emotional, challenging and complex due to the relationship between the parties. In order to be considered domestic violence, the victim of a domestic assault must be an individual with whom the defendant has or has had a dating relationship, an individual with whom he or she has had a child in common, or a resident or former resident of his or her household. Domestic violence is a misdemeanor unless the defendant has two or more prior offenses for domestic assault.
In addition to the criminal component of these offenses, courts will impose a no contact order requiring the defendant in the case to avoid contact with the complaining witness. This can frequently be very problematic for the defendant, who often still lives with the complaining witness. Complaining witnesses are also permitted to pursue personal protection orders through the circuit court. These orders operate similarly to no contact orders but exist outside the scope of the criminal proceeding.
Domestic Violence Charges
Unfortunately, many of these cases proceed quickly and often carry an unwanted social stigma — so it becomes important to seek representation immediately.
If you are facing charges for domestic violence or domestic assault, you need aggressive representation dedicated to protecting your rights and interests at every stage of your case. The experienced domestic violence attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain have handled domestic cases throughout West Michigan and will effectively support you from the grand jury investigation through an appeal.
For more information about how to defend against charges of domestic violence and domestic assault, or to learn more about the experienced and trusted domestic violence attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain, contact us here or call our office directly at 616.458.2212.