Farmington Hills Domestic Violence Attorney
Two Decades of Defending the Accused in Oakland County & Throughout Michigan
Domestic violence is an umbrella term used to describe physical, emotional, sexual, or economic abuse or threatening behavior that occurs between two people in a domestic relationship. Being in a domestic relationship could mean simply living together, being married, being related, or having a current or former intimate partner.
Stalking: A Domestic Violence Offense
Stalking is also a domestic violence offense. You do not need to be an abuser to be charged with domestic abuse; it is also a crime to prevent someone from getting medical care, calling law enforcement, or reporting abuse.
The odds are stacked against those who are facing domestic violence charges, and they need the help of an experienced attorney to fight serious allegations. A Department of Justice report reveals that domestic violence defendants are more likely to be convicted than non-domestic violence defendants. However, other studies reveal that about 2-7 percent of all domestic violence charges stem from false accusations.
As an attorney with nearly two decades of experience, I’ve built my firm on the premise that all people facing criminal charges deserve aggressive, smart, and compassionate legal representation. I care about my client’s cases and devote the time and resources needed to help them through some of the most difficult times of their lives. Though no outcome can be guaranteed, I am determined to get you the best possible result for your case, no matter the circumstances.
You need an experienced Farmington Hills domestic violence attorney to protect your future! Call Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law today for a free consultation of your case. I am ready to begin building a comprehensive defense for you today.
What Is Domestic Violence According to Michigan Law?
Any threat of violence, violent act, or abusive behavior which occurs between people who are or were intimate partners, who are related, or who live together can be considered domestic violence. As noted above, both men and women can receive domestic violence charges, but an overwhelming number of the accused include men.
Michigan’s definition of domestic violence includes (but is not limited to):
- Domestic assault
- Domestic abuse
- Domestic battery
- Violating a restraining order or personal protection order (PPO)
Fighting Domestic Violence Charges in Oakland County & All of Michigan
For many domestic violence situations, there are no witnesses other than the two individuals involved in the incident. For the accused to be charged, there does not need to be any evidence of physical harm, and a simple complaint may be enough to press charges in some cases. An accuser's statement can be enough for authorities to make an arrest. An experienced domestic violence lawyer understands that preparing an effective defense depends upon independently gathering factual and full information which can be used to challenge the prosecution's evidence, witnesses, and procedures.
Often, cases of domestic violence can be exaggerated or used by alleged victims to gain some type of advantage on the accused, whether it be revenge or rights in a custody battle. Other times, the alleged victim may have initiated aggressive actions that forced the other individual to respond in a forceful and defensive way. In many cases, a good defense attorney can make it very difficult for prosecutors to convict someone for domestic assault.
Prosecutors must be able to prove that:
- There was a domestic relationship
- An act of verbal, physical, or even emotional violence occurred
- The defendant was not acting in self-defense or to protect another individual
- If verbal abuse is involved, they must prove the victim truly felt threatened
There Is No ‘Undo’ Button for Domestic Violence. You Need to Fight Your Charges.
Domestic violence charges do not go away easily. Even if the accuser later regrets making the accusation or tries to undo pressing charges, prosecutors will often proceed with prosecution. Depending upon the type of charge, a conviction may result in probation or jail time, anger management education, a permanent record of the conviction, and more. It may be possible to resolve your case without going to trial. However, it is important to have the help of an experienced Farmington Hills domestic violence defense lawyer.
Since 2002, I’ve fought for the rights of my clients and have obtained results through relentless dedication to their cases. For me, criminal defense is more than a job—it’s my passion. I think about each client’s well-being through every step of the process, so I often find myself working on cases at all hours. I know that you are trusting me with your future, and I honor your trust by exploring your options from every angle. The people of Oakland County deserve quality legal representation, which is why I am the attorney they turn to.
Call me today at (248) 599-0054 for a free and completely confidential consultation. You don’t have to face your domestic violence charges alone; I am ready to fight for you today.