A domestic violence charge can throw your life upside down. You're facing jail time, fines and social stigma that can last a lifetime. However, you can fight back. There are important things that a criminal defense attorney can do to help you with your domestic violence charges.
Here are five things a domestic violence lawyer can do if you’re facing a domestic violence charge:
1. Help You Understand the Charges
Domestic violence charges are complex. A domestic violence charge may be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on a number of various factors. Your domestic violence lawyer makes sure that you understand the charges you're up against and what the state needs to prove against you to win their case.
2. Build a Strong Defense
Even though domestic violence is a serious charge, there are a number of defenses available to any domestic violence charge. The preparation for a domestic violence case begins long before the trial date. An experienced attorney will help you prepare a case strategy and methodically build the evidence. They know what evidence is admissible in court and how to gather evidence in order to have a strong defense.
3. Subpoena Witnesses
A domestic violence charge often comes down to the credibility of witnesses. You need to have all of the witnesses present at your trial. Your domestic violence attorney can prepare subpoenas to make sure that witnesses are court-ordered to appear at your trial.
4. Object to the Evidence
When domestic violence charges hinge on the evidence and witness credibility, the state may try to rely on inadmissible evidence like hearsay. They might try to use unrelated incidents or prior convictions against you.
One thing that your attorney can do is bring preliminary motions regarding the evidence that the state wants to present at trial. They can ask the court to keep out evidence that is unfair or prejudicial that might keep you from having a fair trial.
5. Understand All the Options
A domestic violence defense is inherently complex. By building a strong defense, you may convince the state attorney to offer a plea deal. If you get a plea offer, you need to know if you should accept it. In addition, in Ohio, there are multiple types of case resolutions for domestic violence including deferred prosecution or diversion. Your attorney can help you understand all the options.
The Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Attorney Team of the Meranda Law Firm
Has the state brought domestic violence charges against you? Don't leave it to chance. Contact the criminal defense attorney team at The Meranda Law Firm to talk about your situation. With countless years of experience, our Ohio criminal defense attorneys are ready to protect your future today.
Call us (614) 707-4239 to learn more about how we can help over a free case evaluation.