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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence charges are some of the most serious charges in the State of Michigan. Our firm defends the following charges and has an exceptional record in doing so:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Assault with Intent to Commit Murder
  • Interference With A Telecommunications Device
  • Aggravated Domestic Violation
  • Domestic Assault and Battery
  • Domestic Assault by Strangulation
  • Domestic Assault With Intent to Commit Great Bodily Harm
  • Domestic Assault With Intent to Murder
  • Domestic Violence with Intent to Commit a CSC

Domestic Violence is an assault that is alleged to have occurred between persons who have a domestic relationship. A domestic relationship has evolved into categories of married couples, civil unions, and traditional dating relationships. The charge of domestic violence often carries no tolerance policies by Prosecutor Offices across the state and in vigorous jurisdictions the complaint can be coupled with Aggravated or Felonious Assault even if the complaining witness chooses not to proceed. Domestic Violence charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony charges and carries enhanced penalties for those that have a prior criminal history and is extremely troublesome to individuals that are not citizens of the United States.

The reality is that those charged with the crime of Domestic Violence and/or additional assaultive charges or allegations against the police are in an uphill battle when they get to court. You do need a strong criminal defense team to protect your future.

Here are some Q and A’s about the family of charges that stem from Domestic Violence:

What if My Significant Other Wants to Dismiss the Charges?

Many prosecuting offices have a “no tolerance” or “go forward” policy when it comes to Domestic Violence. The way that a jurisdiction such as Wayne County is going to handle the matter is far different than Washtenaw, Shiawassee or Macomb County. You will need an attorney that is familiar with the jurisdiction where you are charged.

If I did not Instigate the Altercation can I Press Charges?

This answer has changed a great deal during COVID-19. What our firm has seen is an increase in females being charged with the crime. We have also noticed that those that are the first to make the claim are generally labeled the victim by the prosecutor regardless of where the truth may lie.

What Makes an Attorney Qualified to Handle Your Domestic Violence Charge?

To determine who is the best Domestic Violence attorney is not an easy thing to do and could be a violation of the Michigan Rules of Professional Responsibility. Knowing that you have hired a qualified attorney stems from their discovery requests. Many defense lawyers do not make the proper discovery request and examine all of the evidence that is required to zealously advocate for their client. Interviewing witnesses and having private investigators gather critical evidence is essential to proper representation. There also needs to be an understanding of the MCL 769.4A. This is critical to understand if you decide to take a plea deal. Being able to have equipped Voir Dire is a must for jury selection if this is a matter that you intend to take to trial.

Our team has substantial experience in defending these allegations in Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee, Shiawassee, Jackson, Monroe and Macomb Counties. Contact us at: (800) 392-7311 for a free consultation and learn about the protections you need to be afforded.

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When the police questioned me, I made a full-blown confession thinking that would help me. I was locked up and lost. Bill Amadeo got me a PR Bond, got me HYTA, kept me out of jail. Matt McManus wrote amazing briefs and a sentencing memo that saved my life. I will forever be grateful to Ann Arbor Legal. R.S.
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