An individual may be guilty of domestic violence if he or she is either physically, verbally, emotionally or sexually abusive towards a marital partner, a parent, a family member or another household resident. Sex, race, profession, social status and religion play no role in domestic violence cases. This type of violence can affect any individual from any walk of life. In fact, in one recent domestic violence case an assistant police chief was arrested for physically assaulting his wife.
The arrest apparently occurred only a few hours after the 28-year veteran attended a local event intended to raise awareness on domestic violence and solicit donations to help fight the cause. Police reports indicate the assistant chief has since been charged with assault with bodily injury to a family member, although he was released on bail and is currently on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation into the matter.
One of the problems I have seen arise during domestic violence cases is a difficulty in identifying who is the abuser and who is the victim. Some cases are based solely on he said/she said allegations with no conclusive evidence or impartial third-party witness to substantial either party's claim. In other instances the alleged victim may recant his or her claim in an effort to "keep the peace" or avoid further retribution. Once a claim or charge has been made, there is no turning back. An investigation will be launched and charges will most likely be filed. The penalties for domestic violence are dependent on a number of factors yet even a first-time offender could face serious penalties and jail time upon conviction.
What can I do for you?
I am a Quincy criminal defense lawyer who truly understands the impact a domestic violence conviction can have on your family, your career and your future. I have seen criminal records wreak havoc on a person's life and I am dedicated to helping you see that does not happen to you. When you obtain legal counsel from Flanagan & Associates, I will be able to investigate your case, review the circumstances leading up to your arrest, challenge any faulty or inconclusive evidence and provide you with the aggressive defense strategy you deserve. Retaining skilled legal counsel is the most effective way to defend your rights and avoid prosecution. It is important that you act now! Call my firm at once if you have are facing allegations about committing any act of domestic violence.