Domestic Assault and Abuse
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If you are facing charges involving domestic violence, spousal abuse, assault of a present or former housemate, or violation of a personal protection order (PPO), contact State Street Law with offices located throughout Michigan. Our understanding of both the legal and practical dimensions of domestic assault defense can give you the advantage in achieving a favorable resolution.
Michigan law provides both civil and criminal penalties for a wide range of behavior relating to domestic violence. First offense cases of assault on a spouse, family member, or member of the same household are usually charged as misdemeanors, but the police are required to arrest the suspect at the scene of the alleged offense. Separate statutes prohibit stalking, intimidation, harassment, and contact without consent in the form of telephone calls or e-mails.
Our lawyers defend persons accused of domestic assault and stalking offenses. We make a thorough investigation of the facts and work with the prosecution and even the court-appointed victim's advocate to find a resolution of the situation that will satisfy all parties prior to trial. As necessary, we can present your defense in court and show the mitigating circumstances that were probably omitted in the original complaint and police report.
We also represent persons served with personal protection orders or charged with violating a PPO. A personal protection order can be granted without notice to the person accused of threatening or harassing conduct, and remains in effect for a period of 21 days. At the end of that period, a hearing takes place where the person covered under the PPO has the chance to tell his or her side of the story, and show why the PPO should be lifted. Our skill with the presentation of evidence in PPO hearings can help you avoid the inconvenience and risk of violation that the order can cause, especially when other litigation such as divorce or child custody proceedings are pending between the parties. Aggressive Michigan PPO Lawyers Serving all areas including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, Saginaw, Flint, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Traverse City, Mt Pleasant, Northern Michigan. A Statewide Practice
Violation of a PPO can be charged either as a civil contempt of court, which can result in fines, jail time, or more restrictive court orders; or as a criminal offense in itself. Under certain circumstances, domestic violence or PPO violations can be charged as felonies. These include repeat offenses involving the same victim, stalking of a person under 18 if the alleged perpetrator is five or more years older than the victim, or domestic assault or harassment committed while the suspect is on probation or parole.