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Fighting Against a Domestic Violence Charge 

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Fighting Against a Domestic Violence Charge Domestic violence continues to be a massive issue throughout the United States. Recognizing this, law enforcement officials treat domestic violence accusations with extreme care and the legal ramifications of a conviction can be life-changing. Unfortunately, there is an alarmingly high number of false or fabricated domestic violence accusations made each and every year. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to act quickly and reach out to a knowledgeable criminal defense professional.  

Defining Domestic Violence 

Domestic violence accusations do not have to come in the form of physical violence. A person can make a domestic violence claim due to threats, verbal abuse, and intimidation, as well as physical or sexual abuse. If a claim is made that one party was physically harming the other, the accused can face serious legal consequences. In the state of Illinois, a domestic battery charge can lead to a Class A misdemeanor, significant fines, and up to one year in prison. There are a number of aggravating factors that can elevate the charge to a felony and lead to harsher criminal punishments. 

Victims of abuse can pursue an order of protection against their alleged abuser, prohibiting the subject from approaching or contacting the petitioner. A violation of a protective order can result in legal consequences. According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, an order of protection violation constitutes a Class A misdemeanor charge and can lead to one year in prison. False accusations of domestic violence are often made during the divorce process, in an attempt to secure full parental responsibility for children. Whether you have been accused of domestic battery or any form of domestic violence, it is critically important to speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, as soon as possible. 

Contact a Lombard Domestic Violence Defense Attorney 

At McMahon Law Offices, we are dedicated to protecting our clients’ reputation and rights. A domestic violence accusation can impact your social life, your ability to secure employment, and ultimately your freedom. Recognizing the serious legal consequences of the charge, we will do everything in our power to fight against a conviction. False and fabricated domestic violence accusations are much more common than many of us would like to assume, and you need quality legal representation. To schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled DuPage County criminal defense lawyer, call us today at 630-953-4400. 

Sources:

https://www.verywellmind.com/false-domestic-abuse-claims-4100660

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/women/victims.html

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