If you face domestic violence charges, you need legal advice from Domestic Violence Attorneys Grand Rapids, Michigan. The legal team of John Engman & Associates can help you face these charges. Contact us today so we can get started on reviewing your case. You do not want to hesitate in calling. The sooner you have an experienced lawyer on your side, the better your defense will be. We offer defense lawyer services for DUI, embezzlement attorney services, drug possession, and more.
Domestic violence can result from a heated situation that quickly spirals into something much worse. West Michigan Prosecutors take a firm stance against domestic violence offenders and push for the harshest penalties. They take these charges very seriously.
When you face a domestic violence charge, you have much to lose. You can lose your family’s respect, friends, and coworkers. You can lose employment opportunities. You can even land in jail.
Unfortunately, we see cases where a person gets falsely accused. For example, someone may get upset and contact the police to say they were battered, assaulted, or even threatened by someone they are currently in a relationship with or perhaps a past relationship. As a result, the police can arrest the accused person.
If this has happened to you, a family member, or a friend, protect yourself by calling John Engman & Associates. You want leading West Michigan Domestic Violence Attorneys Grand Rapids, Michigan, on your side as soon as possible.
Michigan Domestic Violence Laws
Michigan Law regards domestic violence as abusive behavior, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and any action used to control or dominate another person. Being married, used to be married, dating, having children together, and residing in the same house (past and present) are all considered domestic relationships.
Behavior that can lead to domestic violence charges include:
- Shoving & pushing
- Punching, slapping, kicking, choking, biting
- Forced sex, marital rape, sexual abuse
- Battery, assault
- Stalking, threatening behavior
It is common for us to hear that the victim did not want to pursue charges for their case, which is typical for abusive relationships. Sometimes, the abuser will pressure the victim to drop the charges against them. In many cases, the victim has come to think of the abuse as normal.
Grand Rapids prosecutors will work hard in these circumstances to get the abuser to plead guilty; they know the victim is a no-show in court, a wife or husband will not testify against the defendant. It’s crucial not to cave in to this pressure; our legal staff knows how to handle these situations. We will protect you from overeager attorneys and prosecutors.
Our law office knows that our client isn’t guilty in many of the cases we see. We have witnessed instances where a victim has made up a story to exact revenge against the defendant. When this happens, the attorneys at John Engman will fight to prove your innocence, get a dismissal on your case, or get a verdict of “not guilty.”
First-time domestic violence offenders will serve a 93-day jail sentence if convicted. However, we have yet to have any of our clients spend that many days behind bars. Contact Domestic Violence Attorneys Grand Rapids, Michigan today.
Second Offense for Domestic Violence
Second offense domestic violence penalties are much tougher – 1 year of jail and fines as much as $1,000.
The Michigan Domestic Violence Second Offense Statue reads:
“An individual who commits an assault or an assault and battery in violation of subsection (2), and who has previously been convicted of assaulting or assaulting and battering his or her spouse, and individual 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, under any of the following, may be punished by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or both….”
Anyone charged with a second offense for domestic violence is not eligible for the deferral deal under MCL 769.4a:
“[t]here shall be only 1 discharge and dismissal under this section with respect to any individual. Meaning you can only get the deferral once in your lifetime.
If you have pled guilty or get found guilty of a domestic violence charge and never got the deferral, it gets determined that you have a prior “assaultive crime” conviction.
There is no statute of limitations for a past conviction getting used against you when charged for a second offense. Therefore, you can still receive a second offense even if the first conviction was more than twenty years ago.
If convicted of a second offense charge, it is still a misdemeanor; however, the jail time gets increased to one year spent in jail and fines as much as $1,000. In addition, you may get ordered to do “work release” – you can go to school or work but have to spend the nights and weekends in jail.
Domestic Violence Felony Charges
Being charged with felony domestic violence is extremely serious. Contact Domestic Violence Attorneys Grand Rapids, Michigan right away. You do not want to face one step of this charge on your own. Trust the experts.
Aggravated Domestic Violence
You will face aggravated domestic violence charges anytime the victim gets severely injured and requires medical attention. In addition, anytime a weapon gets used, your charges can get moved up to felonious assault.
If you get convicted of aggravated domestic assault, you face one year in prison and fines up to $1,000, possibly both. If it’s your second offense, you can be in jail for two years and fined as much as $2,500, and perhaps both.
Grand Rapids Domestic Violence Attorneys
Domestic violence charges are serious charges, and you need to protect yourself by contacting the best Domestic Violence Attorneys Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will listen to your story, and our legal team will create the best defense strategy we can for you.
We are here to help our victims get the help they need in protecting themselves, including PPOs – personal protection orders. So don’t hesitate in making that call; your case is urgent and serious. Call John Engman & Associates today.
Our Domestic Violence Defense attorneys will fight hard to protect your freedom, reputation, and future. To request a consultation with one of our Domestic Violence Defense attorneys in Grand Rapids, MI, call John Engman & Associates, P.C. at (616) 454-5222.