Domestic Violence Lawyers in Joplin, MO & Miami, OK

Domestic violence is a label that encompasses a variety of aggressive acts and threats against someone with whom you have an intimate, family, or household relationship. When forms of assault or aggression are committed in this context, they are treated differently than if they were committed against strangers or others outside of the domestic scene. Law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges take these cases very seriously in an effort to protect families, households, and children. 

If you have been arrested and charged for a domestic violence crime, it is vital that you hire an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. You could be at risk for a variety of serious penalties, from jail time, fines, and probation to being named in a restraining order that may remove you from a shared home, bar you from contact with the alleged victim, and affect your parental rights. At Bennett & Gallon, we have defended countless individuals in these types of complex and emotionally challenging cases. Our team is well-versed in state domestic violence laws and experienced in defending against charges related to them. 

Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic violence cases generally involve the following:

  • Current and former spouses
  • Those related by marriage or blood
  • Those who have a child together, regardless of marital status
  • Those who live together or formerly lived together
  • Current and former romantic partners

Examples of domestic violence can include causing the alleged victim injury, pain, or illness; purposely putting the victim in fear of immediately being injured; restricting the victim’s access to others, phones, or transportation; engaging in any kind of conduct that puts the victim at risk for injury or death; or touching the victim in a way that is offensive.

Domestic Violence Penalties

These types of actions can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances. In Missouri, domestic assault is charged in various degrees. Fourth-degree domestic assault is a Class A misdemeanor, carrying penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. First-degree domestic assault may be charged as a Class B or Class A felony. These felonies carry penalties of five to 15 years and 10 to 30 years in prison, respectively. 

In Oklahoma, domestic violence crimes include assault and battery, which is charged as a misdemeanor and carries penalties of up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Repeat offenses are charged as a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. The state also includes other domestic violence offenses, including abuse with a prior pattern of physical abuse, abuse committed in front of a child, abuse committed against a pregnant woman, abuse involving strangulation, abuse resulting in great bodily harm, and domestic violence committed with a dangerous weapon. These charges all carry separate penalties.

Domestic Violence Arrests

Quite often, just the accusation of domestic violence can lead to your immediate arrest. Police officers can arrest you without a warrant when they believe you have committed a domestic violence act. These arrests can be based on hearsay, exaggerations, and falsehoods without hard evidence or verified witness statements. 

Call Bennett & Gallon for Dedicated Representation

Because of the dramatic impact that a domestic violence charge can have on your life and future, you need immediate legal representation to ensure that your side of the story is heard, your rights are protected, and you have the best chance of avoiding a conviction. We will present evidence against the allegations and work to overturn any restraining orders. If needed, we will arrange for you to get your belongings and find alternative accommodation. Your attorney will be by your side throughout the legal process, providing the professional support you need and working diligently for an optimum result. 

Have you been accused of committing domestic violence? Request a free initial consultation with a Joplin, MO & Miami, OK domestic violence attorney to discuss your case. Contact us online or at (888) 814-9045.

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