WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
The term “domestic violence” consists of violent or aggressive behavior at home, typically involving the abuse of a spouse or partner. Domestic violence can also include any cohabitant, not just a spouse or partner. In the state of Utah, crimes that involve a cohabitant generally fall under domestic violence; including the destruction of property, and emotional threats, and assault. There are many reasons you should hire a domestic violence defense attorney, and we’ll help you understand why in this article.
YOU COULD BE CHARGED EVEN IF YOU’RE INNOCENT
Those charged with domestic violence often think their situation will resolve itself. This is especially true if they believe they are innocent. There are many situations where it may seem you don’t need legal advice and representation. However, it’s always best to hire a domestic violence attorney to be safe. Here are several circumstances where you may not think you need an attorney, but should:
No. 1: You have only threatened a cohabitant or made an unsuccessful attempt to assault someone in your home, such as throwing an object where you missed.
No. 2: A common situation is for the person that called the police, like a sibling, partner, spouse, roommate, or child, will promise to drop the charge of domestic violence. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say, people don’t always keep their promises.
No. 3: Another reason you could be relaxed about your situation is if you know you are innocent and did nothing wrong. Even if you have had a non-aggressive verbal altercation, the person that made the police report may have believed you would have harmed them and called out of fear or they just want to make your life difficult.
No matter what your situation is, if you are being investigated for domestic violence charges, you should contact an experienced domestic violence lawyer immediately. You could be in trouble.
WHY YOU NEED TO HIRE A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Have you been notified you are being investigated for domestic violence? The first thing you should do is to immediately seek expert legal representation. Here are several reasons why it’s a good idea to hire a Domestic Violence Attorney:
No. 1: First, know the prosecution will push to get charges against you in order to secure a criminal conviction and/or penalties. The prosecution’s job is not to have your best interests in mind and respect your rights; this is why you hire a lawyer.
No. 2: Even if your intention was not to cause harm or you did not resort to physical violence, your actions could constitute a domestic violence charge. An unsuccessful attempt to cause harm or threat is often enough for a court to charge you with domestic violence.
No. 3: You also should seek legal help immediately since the victim doesn’t have the power to stop the investigation. The prosecution will proceed with charges if they believe there is a case. This means they will try to compel your spouse, partner, sibling, or another cohabitant to testify against you. Even if the accused wants to have the investigation dropped, legally they can’t do anything.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN UTAH
The law office of Larsen, Larsen Nash & Larsen has an excellent track record with the ability to provide reputable domestic violence attorneys for your case. We have many attorneys with extensive experience in defending clients who are charged with domestic violence. At Larsen, Larsen, Nash & Larsen, we will provide the legal advice and representation you need to protect your rights. It is part of our legal defense to make sure you know what’s going on in the investigation at all times. We will always recommend the best course of action in order to increase the odds of a successful outcome. If you are currently being charged with Domestic Violence and you need a domestic violence defense attorney, we can help. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact Larsen, Larsen, Nash, and Larsen today at (801) 964-1200.