Domestic violence has become a top priority for law enforcement across
the United States. Over the years, police, prosecutors, and courts have
significantly changed the way they respond to domestic disturbance calls,
prosecute individuals suspected of a crime, and penalizes them upon a
conviction. Today, law enforcement officers make arrests when responding
to domestic calls far more often than in the past. It then falls on the
accused individual to prove their innocence in court.
Domestic violence is a serious concern, and it a serious crime that poses substantial criminal
penalties to the accused, including fines, court ordered classes, and
terms of imprisonment. They can also lead to a number of collateral consequences,
including unsavory criminal records that limit one’s opportunities.
While criminal penalties for a conviction are significant, even accusations
alone have the ability to harm your reputation and profoundly impact your
personal and professional life.
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we take pride in the role we play in ensuring
that the government’s version of the facts regarding a crime stand
up to the test. When it comes to false accusations of domestic violence,
we work diligently to conduct investigations and present a clear and convincing
case of our clients’ innocence. We know there is a lot on the line
when you stand accused of a domestic violence offense, and we fight aggressively
to pursue the best possible outcome.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, here are some things you
need to know:
Rigid Laws – Domestic violence can be challenging for law enforcement officers,
as they often respond to the scene after disputes have taken place and
may not necessarily see an actual crime being committed. As such, they
must rely on evidence, statements from the involved parties, and, if any
are available, statements from witnesses. Because these matters can boil
down to he-said, she-said, and because the Missouri domestic violence
laws are rigid, you can still be arrested and charged with a crime following
an altercation, even if there are no witnesses, limited evidence, or if
you were not the aggressor and were simply defending yourself.
Your Side of the Story – Law enforcement officers who respond to the scene are going to
make an arrest if they have enough reason to do so, and will leave it
to the courts to sort things out. While this can certainly be frustrating,
it is important to remember that you will have the opportunity to present
your side of the story as to what happened, provide supporting evidence,
and work to disprove the government’s allegations against you. A
seasoned defense lawyer can help you make the most of this opportunity.
Restraining Orders – Domestic violence accusations can result in restraining orders
that prevent you from having contact with an alleged victim, from being
within a certain distance of an alleged victim, and from going to their
place of residence and / or work. It is important to be aware of these
restraining orders, as violating them can hurt your case and subject you
to additional penalties. As part of the comprehensive defense we provide,
our team also handles matters involving domestic violence restraining orders.
An Attorney Can Make the Difference – Working with a proven criminal defense lawyer is important in
any case, and especially so in domestic violence cases. By working with
a lawyer who has the experience, time, and resources public defenders
often do not have, you can gain the support of an advocate who can help
you explore your defense options and effectively execute them to fight
for a positive resolutions.
Remember, domestic violence allegations put nearly everything on the line.
This is especially true when aggravating circumstances are involved, including
prior convictions and allegations that a firearm or weapon was used. Our
legal team is prepared to handle all aspects of your case and defense,
even in the face of the most serious accusations.
Have you been wrongly accused of domestic violence? If so, the time to
act is now. Your name, freedom, and future are at stake, and it is in
your best interests to work with experienced defense lawyers who have
the insight and ability to help you fight for a positive outcome. As former
prosecutors, both of our firm’s attorneys know what the government
needs to prove in order to gain a domestic violence conviction, and we
leverage this knowledge of the “other side” when fighting
for our clients.
Call The Hamer Law Firm, LLC today to discuss your case and rights during a FREE case review.