Facing domestic violence charges has to be one of the most difficult times in your life. It is a terrible thing to be accused of, and can separate you from your family and loved ones. You are probably stressed and unsure of what to do. The best move you can make is to contact an experienced Wisconsin defense attorney as soon as possible to get started on your case. Don’t waste any time figuring out your next move.Charged with a crime in Wisconsin? Please call (888) 828-6041.
These cases are notoriously difficult for all parties. Because of the relationships between the defendant (you) and the alleged victim, there are often many emotions. You may feel betrayed by your family or feel like fair treatment under the legal system is not possible.
I have handled numerous domestic violence cases in Wisconsin know that you need someone on your side. I can be the attorney to stand with you and ensure that your rights are being protected at every stage of the court process.
Many people accused of domestic violence are absolutely not guilty. Unfortunately, you may still need a top criminal defense effort to prove your innocence.
It is also possible that you may have acted in anger in a way you now regret. Either way, I want to help you get the best possible result in court.
Can I Fight Domestic Violence Charges and Win?
Absolutely. It’s true that prosecutors are not always cooperative, and don’t like to drop domestic assault charges, even when the facts are weak. Police will arrest on on this charge based on incidents where no one was legitimately at risk, or injured at all. But they are trained and instructed to intervene in many types of heating arguments, especially if objects are thrown, even if not near the other person. You can get arrested for throwing a shoe, a wastebasket, or other light objects against a wall.
In these cases, the facts will usually win out, but it may take some legal wrangling to get there.
Even in more serious cases, there are always arguments we can make. If you lost your temper, we may be able to get charges dropped or reduced in exchange for anger management classes, substance abuse programs, or other options.
Call me to discuss the facts of your situation, and I’ll give you my take and my experience, based on defending hundreds of domestic cases.
Why was I Arrested for Domestic Violence?
If the police are called to a domestic violence situation someone will be arrested. Wisconsin statute mandates the immediate arrest when any sort of crime has taken place in a domestic abuse situation. If you were the “primary aggressor” in the situation, you will be placed under arrest.
The police determine who the “primary aggressor” is by looking at the situation, any injuries, fear from either party, or history of domestic violence.
Ref: Wisconsin Statute 968.075
Why can’t I go home?
If you are released from jail following your arrest, a 72 hour no-contact order will be put in place. This will keep you from contacting the alleged victim and includes going into their residence, even if you live there too. If you violate this order, you will face another arrest and additional criminal charges.
After the 72 hours a restraining order may be put in place as well.
Why is it considered “domestic” when she isn’t my wife?
Domestic abuse does not only occur between spouses. Wisconsin law defines a domestic relationship as one between:
What kind of sentence will I face?
The charges you face depend on the circumstances of your case. Chances are you will be charged with a battery offense of some kind. Depending on the situation and the injuries inflicted, battery can get you up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $50,000.
In addition to serving time and paying fines, you may have to complete anger management courses and counseling.
Free Consultation on a Wisconsin Domestic Violence Offense
In order to fully understand what you are up against, you should be in contact with a qualified attorney like myself, as soon as possible. Call me today to discuss your charges and we can formulate a plan together.
I’ve handled many cases like yours, and I know what will work and what won’t when mounting an aggressive defense to these charges. Please contact me today to discuss your situation.