Domestic violence defines any destructive pattern of behavior in a relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence can be categorized as physical, emotional, economic or psychological. Spousal abuse is defined as an action or threat that influences another person through fear, intimidation, manipulation or injury.
Our experienced domestic violence attorneys know that this serious crime can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, race, religion or sexual orientation. It can happen to couples that are married, living together or dating. Domestic violence and spousal abuse can affect people of all education levels or economic backgrounds.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, you may have been temporarily banned from your home or prohibited to see your children. A protection order may have been issued against you. Do not consent to a protection order or waive a protection order hearing without first speaking to a domestic violence attorney — as doing so may weaken your case in later court proceedings.
The consequences of a domestic violence charge can be endless. When charged with a serious offense like domestic violence, you could face penalties from fines to jail. Domestic violence accusations can negatively impact child custody matters and job opportunities. It is important to know your rights and to protect your legal interests. Retaining a skilled domestic violence attorney — such as Murray A. Duncan — remains the best way to become informed of your rights and to ensure protection of those rights to the full extent of the law.
Contact criminal defense attorney Murray A. Duncan Jr. immediately if you are facing misdemeanor or felony criminal charges related to domestic violence or spousal abuse. You initial phone consultation is always free so call our office today at 734.941.5025.