Any person who willfully inflicts upon a person who is his or her spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant (including same sex partners), or the mother or father of his or her child, corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition (meaning any bodily wound, no matter how minor, caused by physical force), can be charged with either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the seriousness of the alleged conduct and whether there are prior incidents of violence. Domestic violence can also be charged as a battery enhancement.
The penalties for a conviction of domestic violence includes jail time, fines that can exceed $10,000.00, probation or parole, and mandatory enrollment in a batterer’s treatment program. Additionally, almost all domestic violence cases involve the imposition of restraining orders and restrictions on your right to bear arms.
The key to defending yourself against a domestic violence charge is hiring an attorney that understands domestic violence cases. Domestic violence cases often revolve around the witness testimony of the spouses involved and the police who responded to the call. In these types of cases, frequently witnesses or victims will recant or change their testimony which can be the basis for a successful defense. Thus, a skilled cross-examination of witnesses is critical. The Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman have access to experienced investigators to develop the facts of a domestic violence case, and the skills to impeach witnesses, which can often determine a successful outcome of a domestic violence charge.
If you, a family member or a friend has been charged with domestic violence call the Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman immediately for your free consultation.