The criminal justice and family court systems take domestic violence very seriously. People convicted of domestic violence crimes can face more than jail sentences. They could lose custody and visitation rights and be barred from possessing a licensed weapon.
Our firm represents clients at hearings to contest orders of protection and we appear in Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) courts when domestic violence charges intersect with family law matters such as divorce, child custody and support.
Domestic violence cases encompass many types of criminal cases such as: violations of orders of protection, assault and aggravated assault, stalking, harassment, aggravated harassment, menacing, sexual assault, and excessive corporal punishment. In addition, offenses such as homicide, rape and other violent crimes can be charged as domestic violence crimes.
In many instances, domestic violence charges arise from stressful family issues, or can stem from anger problems or other mental health issues. Our firm’s goal in many cases is to seek treatment for clients; helping them enroll in anger management classes, alcohol and drug counseling or parenting courses. Often times, successful completion of treatment programs can help families stay together and allow our clients to stay out of jail and maintain a clean record.