Michigan Domestic Violence

Grand Rapids Domestic Violence Lawyer

 

Grand Rapids Domestic Violence Lawyer justiceIn Michigan, domestic violence is the crime that prosecutors charge when someone is accused of assaulting or battering a person with whom he or she 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. A first offense domestic violence charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 93 days in the county jail and a fine. Additionally, the Lautenberg Amendment makes it a federal crime for anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to possess a firearm. This means that you would never again be allowed to possess a firearm for any reason, including hunting.

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Frequently domestic violence cases arise when a husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend get into an argument and while angry, someone calls 911. In our practice, we frequently see that the person to call 911 stays at home, while the other party goes to jail, regardless of what really happened.

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You’re allowed to defend yourself

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If the other half of the disagreement started the physical aggression, self-defense can be a very viable defense. In Michigan, when attacked, you’re allowed to use as much force to defend yourself as seems reasonable to you at the time. So for instance, if the other side started slapping or hitting you and you pushed her away or even hit back, that is allowed in Michigan.

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Domestic Violence Deferral – MCL 769.4a

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Many people are eligible for a deferral under the domestic violence deferral statute, MCL 769.4a. A person who receives this deferral is placed on probation. If you successfully complete probation, for most purposes there is no conviction and no public record. However, if you are not a citizen of the United States, a plea pursuant to the deferral statute can result in your deportation. Also, if you are ever accused of domestic violence again in the future, the government would be able to use the prior successful deferral to enhance a later charge to a second or third offense (which carries greater penalties).

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Contact A Grand Rapids Domestic Violence Lawyer

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Do not talk to the police about your case. Their goal is to convict you. Our Grand Rapids domestic violence lawyer has successfully defended cases of domestic violence throughout the state of Michigan. We have won many jury trials where our clients were falsely accused of domestic violence. If you have been accused of domestic violence against a spouse, significant other, family member or roommate, call us to discuss your options. 616-773-2945.