What Do I Do if I’m Charged with Domestic Violence During a Stay-at-Home Order?
The current stay-home orders enacted across the nation (and around the world) are unlike anything we have seen in this lifetime. People have been forced to drastically change their lifestyles to adjust to this temporary norm and families are now confined under the same roof 24/7 and must learn to co-exist for everyone’s best interests. Due to the sudden nature of this crisis, no one has been trained on how to handle quarantine, especially families who aren’t used to seeing each other all day, every day. As a result, tensions are high, people are losing their jobs and it’s hard to catch a break in general.
Domestic violence accusations are most likely to occur right now. If you have been charged with this crime, I will defend your best interests. Reach out to me online or call (219) 245-2655 to discuss your situation.
Courthouses across the nation are closed in response to COVID-19, meaning all court functions are suspended until further notice. As such, a judge may take weeks, or even months, to handle your case. That doesn’t sit well with me, and I will do everything in my power to help resolve your domestic violence charge in a timely, efficient manner so you can confidently put your case behind you.
Understanding Domestic Violence Laws & Penalties
Domestic violence typically takes shape in the form of battery, which occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally:
- touches a family or household member in a rude, insolent, or angry manner; or
- places any bodily fluid or waste on a family or household member in a rude, insolent, or angry manner.
It also comes in other forms, including, but not limited to:
- A sex offense
- Arson or mischief
- Burglary or trespass
- Disorderly conduct
- Intimidation or harassment
If convicted of domestic battery, you may face:
- A Class A misdemeanor: Punishable by up to 1 year of imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000
- A Level 6 felony: Punishable by 6 months to 3 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
- A Level 5 felony: Punishable by 1 to 6 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
- A Level 4 felony: Punishable by 2 to 12 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
- A Level 3 felony: Punishable by 3 to 16 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
- A Level 2 felony: Punishable by 10 to 30 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
Call Me for Results-Driven Defense at (219) 245-2655
I have dedicated my career to pulling clients out of messy situations with the law. No matter how complex or intimidating your domestic violence accusation may seem, my skills and qualifications have prepared to build a defense strategy designed to work in your favor. I am aware that the accusations that have been made against you may be false. It’s very easy for your accuser to misinterpret your attitude and behavior as violent and criminal, especially with all the challenges the world is facing right now.
After listening to your side of the story, I can better assess what the best defense strategy would be for your case. Possibilities include but are not limited to:
- False accusation
- Lack of evidence
- Faulty police investigation
- You didn’t commit the crime
My goal is to help you move forward from your domestic violence charge. Contact me online or call (219) 245-2655 immediately.