Getting Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed

Few lawyers have the experience, reputation, skill, and persistence to successfully fight for a client charged with domestic violence and achieve the best possible result.

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Michigan Domestic Violence Attorney

The Michigan domestic violence attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. were retained to represent a client, A.B., on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence in Oakland County, Michigan. The allegation was that our client choked his sister and pushed her against a wall. A.B. is a citizen of Jordan and a highly respected engineer at a Fortune 500 Company. In the event of a conviction, A.B. would have potentially been deported because, under immigration law, domestic violence is considered to be a crime of “moral turpitude.” On January 16, after two months of litigation, all charges against our client were outright dismissed. A defendant’s best hope of getting their charges dismissed is with an intelligent, tenacious, and aggressive domestic violence defense attorney.

Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed!

Our firm’s Michigan Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys are dedicated to the compassionate representation of those charged with domestic violence. We have decades of experience defending these cases throughout Michigan. The consequences of a domestic violence conviction can affect many areas of a person’s life, including their freedom, reputation, employment, and even the relationship between them and their family. For a noncitizen, deportation can result from even a misdemeanor conviction. A top defense lawyer will do whatever it takes in their fight to get charges dismissed.

Types of Domestic Violence in Michigan

  • 1st Offense Misdemeanor 93 days in jail, fine up to $500.00
  • 2nd Offense Misdemeanor 1 year in jail, fine up to $1,000.00
  • 3rd Offense Felony 5 years in prison, fine up to $5,000.00
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon, up to 4 years in prison
  • Assault with intent to do great bodily harm, up to 10 years in prison
  • Assault by strangulation or suffocation, up to 10 years in prison

A Domestic Violence Victim Cannot Drop Charges

A common misconception in Michigan is that people “press charges” and can refuse to “press charges.” In reality, only the government can bring a charge or dismiss it. The victim or complainant has no power to charge someone else with domestic violence or drop domestic violence charges. While under this misconception, many victims contact the prosecutor hoping that they can get the charges dismissed. Attempts to get charges dismissed by talking with the judge or prosecutor virtually always backfire. Prosecutors are trained to turn these conversations against victims and use any information obtained against the defendant in court. Prosecutors seldom believe victims when they claim the defendant is innocent. The more likely outcome of these conversations is that the prosecutor will threaten the victim with false police report charges if they fail to testify to what the law enforcement officers claim was said in the police report. If a victim or complainant lied or exaggerated to the police, you should discuss this with your defense lawyer, who will know best what to do with that information.

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Michigan Domestic Violence Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is in your best interest to hire the best lawyer you can afford to protect and defend you. A domestic violence conviction can result in loss of custody or visitation rights, loss of access to your home, loss of employment or inability to advance, deportation (for non-U.S. citizens), loss of public benefits, and loss of a professional license. The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have an unparalleled track record for successfully defending clients charged with felony and misdemeanor domestic violence charges. Our highest priority is to get charges dismissed if possible.

Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.

We will find a way to help you and, most importantly,
we are not afraid to win!

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