Your Rights Can Disappear Instantly With A Domestic Assault Charge

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Michigan law states that an individual may face domestic violence charges if he or she is involved in an assault involving a domestic relationship. State statutes define domestic relationship as one with a spouse, someone a person is or was dating, a child or a parent, or any resident of an individual's home.

We Protect Your Immediate And Long-Term Interests

It is important to note that a person does not need to have injuries in order for domestic assault to occur. The term can refer to the threat of injury or psychological injuries. Aggravated domestic assault occurs when an assault without a weapon on a domestic partner results in an injury that requires medical attention. If a weapon is used to cause an injury, it is a felonious assault — a felony charge.

Because we represent clients throughout Michigan from our office in Grand Rapids, we are familiar with the judges and court personnel around the region.

Protecting Your Rights

In an effort to protect victims of domestic assault, Michigan lawmakers have given law enforcement authorities more leeway than in other criminal investigations. Police do not need to witness a domestic assault in order to make an arrest. They also can make an arrest without a warrant.

The repercussions of simply being accused and arrested for violent crimes like domestic assault are instant. Domestic violence charges frequently result in the issuance of a protective order, which prohibits the accused of returning to the residence or interacting with the petitioner at the petitioner's workplace, school or other public setting.

Immediate Action Is Important

A legal system that is noted for moving at a snail's pace much of the time seems to accelerate to super speeds in domestic violence cases. If you face domestic assault charges, it is important to enlist the services of a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense lawyer like Michael A. McInerney as soon as possible.

Mr. McInerney will listen to your side of the story and work closely with you to develop an effective strategy to defend against domestic assault charges. The facts of your case may warrant petitioning the court to dismiss the charges, negotiating for reduced charges or defending you in trial.

Meet With Our Domestic Assault Defense Attorney

We have more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense law. Mr. McInerney has developed a team of veteran investigators that will uncover the facts of your case and help build a sound defense strategy. We invite you to call 616-259-0862 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.