St. Louis Domestic Violence Attorney
Understanding Your Domestic Violence Charge in Missouri
Domestic violence is a term used to refer to a wide range of actions committed by one person against another in any type of domestic relationship, including marriage, cohabitation, and family relations. There are a number of crimes that can constitute domestic violence, virtually all of which are viewed negatively by much of society and punished harshly by the criminal justice system.
While sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and physical violence are common classifications for these charges, domestic violence can also incorporate a number of various crimes and abusive actions, including any of the following:
- Abuse, neglect, and abandonment of a child
- Domestic sex crimes
- Domestic assault
- Kidnapping and false imprisonment
- Elder abuse
- Violation of protection orders
In the state of Missouri, both a man and a woman may be arrested for altercations that lead to violence. Regardless of whether you instigated the incident or defended yourself by fighting back, you may still be arrested and charged with a domestic violence crime.
Familial disputes pose a number of complications for law enforcement officers, but as laws are rigid, they often make arrests and place the burden of proof upon defendants during their criminal case.
Harsh Penalties Warrant Aggressive Defense
Penalties for domestic violence charges will differ according to the charge and your prior criminal record. As misdemeanors or felonies, you can expect large fines and lengthy terms of imprisonment. Multiple offenses, serious injury, and the use of weapons or firearms will also heighten these punishments.
In addition to the severe criminal consequences, domestic violence convictions will subject you to widespread scrutiny from a society that has become increasingly opposed to such behavior. Having a domestic violence charge on your record can impact your life beyond the criminal penalties handed down by the court.
Given the severity of these crimes, crafting a sound defense strategy and executing the plan during negotiations or trial is of the utmost importance. With more than 100 criminal jury trials under our belt and unparalleled knowledge of criminal law and the prosecution's tactics, you can trust in our firm to deliver the skilled representation you require.
We know that domestic violence cases are immersed in emotion, strained relationships, and personal matters, and we know that wrongful accusations, misinterpretations, and other factors can lead to these serious allegations. As such, we do our best to extract the facts, convincingly present your case, and fight as aggressively as necessary on your behalf.
What You Need to Know About Missouri Domestic Violence Laws
In light of the increasing attention domestic violence has gained in the past few decades, there has been a wave of initiatives, legislation, and awareness spreading throughout the country. Throughout the past several years, the state of Missouri has amended and enacted a number of domestic violence laws, many of which subject offenders to more severe criminal penalties. Additionally, domestic violence cases have become the target of increased efforts by law enforcement and prosecutors, with many jurisdictions maintaining specialized domestic violence units.
What does this mean to those who stand accused of a domestic violence charge?
- Little leniency
- Aggressive prosecution
- Harsh punishment
Although intimidating, the legal process and penalties you face can be successfully handled, mitigated, or avoided by experienced domestic violence attorneys from our firm. Former prosecutors who have handled these cases from both sides of the legal arena, our lawyers are prepared to ensure that your rights are protected and that the most favorable resolution is secured.
Secure The Representation You Need. Find The Advocates You Deserve.
When facing a domestic violence allegation, you can expect thorough investigations into all aspects of your personal life and a strong public opinion that may influence the outcome of your case. Having legal representation can help protect your rights, defend your reputation, and ensure that your case proceeds smoothly. Domestic violence cases can also be increasingly complicated by other circumstances, including family law matters.
Protection orders, divorce proceedings, and child custody battles can all be hinged on the conviction or dismissal of a domestic violence charge. Combined with fines and possible terms of imprisonment, there can be a great deal riding on the successful outcome of your domestic violence case.
To set up a free case evaluation or to speak with a qualified attorney from our firm, contact a St. Louis domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible.