The best Grand Rapids domestic violence attorneys know that if you have been charged with domestic violence in Grand Rapids or anywhere else in Michigan, a self-defense argument may be the best way to win your case.
The law in Michigan allows someone accused of domestic violence or domestic assault to defend himself. If you are being assaulted or believe you’re about to be assaulted, you can act immediately to defend yourself. Experienced Grand Rapids domestic violence attorneys know that the law allows you to use as much force as seems necessary in the moment — even if it turns out later that you were wrong about the amount of force necessary to defend yourself.
The penalties for someone charged with domestic violence in Grand Rapids can be severe. A first offense carries up to 93 days in jail and the permanent loss of your firearm privileges. While there is a deferral statute available, it isn’t as effective as it used to be. If you’re charged with a third offense, the penalty can be up to 5 years in prison.
The Best Grand Rapids Domestic Violence Attorneys conduct complete investigations
As Grand Rapids domestic violence attorneys who have successfully defended many domestic violence cases in courts all over Michigan, we know that your best defense is one that starts with an aggressive investigation. When there are disputed facts, we frequently find that it helps our clients to send our investigator out to interview the accuser and other people who may have seen or heard things. Some times learning that others didn’t hear or see anything can be solid evidence that nothing occurred.
In misdemeanor cases, there is frequently no opportunity to learn what the accuser will testify to in court unless your Grand Rapids domestic violence attorneys make contact with the accuser and question him or her. In many cases, we learn that the police didn’t accurately report what the accuser said, or that after having time to calm down, the accuser’s story changed.
Contact Grand Rapids Domestic Violence Attorneys
If you have been accused of domestic violence in Grand Rapids, we would be happy to talk to you. Please feel free to call one of our Grand Rapids Domestic Violence Attorneys at 616-773-2945 for a consultation.