Dealing With Domestic Violence Charges in Oakland County
If you have been charged with domestic violence in Oakland County, you might already know that you are facing a system that is already against you. Despite good intentions, the criminal justice system can sometimes be overzealous in prosecuting those accused of domestic violence.
It Could Happen To Anybody
It’s easy to start down the road towards a domestic violence conviction. A discussion turns into an argument, that argument becomes heated, and the next thing you know the police are involved. Sometimes one party wants to hurt the other person so he or she tells the police that the argument involved violence. Once that happens, the wheels of justice start to roll and it can be hard to slow things down.
What Are Your Options?
In dealing with domestic violence charges in Michigan, an important factor to consider is the Domestic Violence First Offender Program, commonly referred to by its statutory designation, §769.4a. Under this statute, the judge may, with the consent of the prosecutor, place the defendant on probation. The probationary period often includes a no-contact order with the victim, educational programs, and, of course, fines and costs. Once the period of probation is complete, the court will dismiss the case.
Is it a good deal? That depends. A deferred judgement and dismissal under §769.4a is a much better deal than a regular conviction, but it involves admission of guilt, the hassle of probation and the expense of all those fees, none of which are fair if you are innocent. Also, §769.4a is not a guarantee and may be denied by the court or the prosecutor for a number of reasons.
Talk to a Lawyer Today
As you can see, the issues that arise during domestic violence criminal proceedings in Oakland County are complicated. That is why it is important to find an attorney you can trust who has the experience, wisdom, and compassion to find the best possible result. The prosecution is stacked against you. It’s only fair that you hire an excellent team of lawyers to level the playing field. Call Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form so that we can discuss your situation and start working on your case now.