Have you been charged with domestic violence?
Unfortunately arguments and disputes with our significant other can take on a life of their own and quickly escalate into something neither side intended.
Marcus D. Wilcox specializes in criminal law in Livingston County, Michigan and can assist you with your legal needs if you have been charged with domestic violence.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic Violence is any unwanted touching by another person. It is an assault and battery that takes place between two people who are in a dating relationship, have children together, or currently or have previously taken up residence together.
What penalties are associated with domestic violence?
- The first offense for a domestic violence charge is up to 93 days in jail.
- The second offense for domestic violence is up to 1 year in jail.
- The third offense is a felony punishable up to five (5) years in prison.
The Best Way to Proceed
Both parties will be asked for a written statement when a domestic violence situation involves the authorities. Due to the highly emotional nature of domestic violence, it’s not uncommon for people’s recollections of the events to change over the course of the questioning process. For this reason, it’s highly advised the person being charged with domestic violence consult an attorney prior to supplying a written statement.
The Good News
This is an offense that can be kept off your record if you follow the proper steps. For first offense offenders there is a referral program called the Spouse Abuse Act under MCL 769.4a. It is imperative that you speak with counsel prior to attending a pre-trial to ensure that you are eligible for the program before entering a plea or setting your case for trial.
Domestic violence cases are very emotional because they involve loved ones. In most cases the bond issued will prevent you from speaking to the alleged victim during the pendency of the case. Marcus D. Wilcox can assist you in getting the bond conditions amended so these issues don’t destroy the relationship or marriage.