Family Violence

If you have been accused of committing an act of violence against a family member, girlfriend or close family member, you may face serious domestic violence charges. District Attorneys take a hard line approach when dealing with people charged with family violence; the best thing that you can do is to hire an aggressive attorney to represent you.

Aggressive Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges

At our firm, we have the experience necessary to confidentially defend you against serious criminal charges. With over 32 years of trial experience, we have the knowledge and skill to develop a thorough defense against any of these allegations:

  • Domestic Violence – Family Violence
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Assault and Battery
  • Protective order violations

The smartest thing that you can do if accused of domestic violence is to speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Our best work is accomplished when we get an early start on any investigation. The ability to gather evidence and testimony early on in the case is often a key to obtaining a dismissal, reduced charge or favorable sentence.

If you have been charged with or are under investigation for domestic violence, call us immediately to schedule a free initial consultation and confidential case analysis.

Domestic violence homicides

On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day. In 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner. The same year, 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. Intimate partner homicides accounted for 30% of the murders of women and 5% percent of the murders of men.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

Most intimate partner homicides occur between spouses, though boyfriends/girlfriends have committed about the same number of homicides in recent years.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

Domestic violence happens so much in the military that the Department of Defense has made it an item of specific concern. First Sergeants and military police absolute hate domestic call-outs because the solutions are never clear cut. More often than not, the victims of domestic violence refuse to cooperate because they perceive a threat to their spouse’s career.

If the abuser is a military member, domestic violence situations are handled on two separate tracks: The military justice system, and the Family Advocacy system. It’s important to realize that these are two separate systems, not connected. Family advocacy is an identification, intervention, and treatment program — not a punishment system. It’s entirely possible that the Family Advocacy Committee will return a finding of “substantiated abuse,” but there will be insufficient legally admissible evidence to allow punishment under the provisions of military justice.

Victims often hesitate to report abuse because they fear the impact it will have on their spouse’s career. A recent DOD study found that service members reported for abuse are 23 percent more likely to be separated from the service than nonabusers and somewhat more likely to have other than honorable discharges. The majority who remain in the military are more likely to be promoted more slowly than nonabusers.

Many military spouses don’t know that federal law gives financial protection to the spouse if the member is discharged for an offense which “involves abuse of the then-current spouse or a dependent child.” It doesn’t matter if the discharge is a punitive discharge imposed by a court-martial, or an administrative discharge initiated by the commander. The key is that the reason for the discharge must be for a “dependent abuse” offense.