Domestic Violence Lawyer Roanoke, VA
It’s normal for couples to fight, but when the shouting and yelling escalates to a physical altercation – the police are called. Unfortunately, these situations usually result in felony domestic violence charges. These charges are taken seriously by the police, prosecutors and the courts. Criminal charges for abuse can quickly turn your life upside down. At Haley Law Firm, LLC, we understand the gravity of the situation. We fight to protect your rights, reputation and freedom.
Domestic Violence Lawyer Roanoke, VA
Domestic violence offenses usually involve spouses, partners or people who are dating or living together. Prosecutors will continue to pursue the case even in situations where the alleged victim wishes to drop all charges. Therefore, it is essential to have an experienced lawyer on your side. Our criminal defense lawyers have long standing courtroom experience and is skilled at defending against all domestic violence related charges.
People change, and so do relationships. The stresses of daily life, taking care of a family, and the desire to make more money can take their toll on anyone, men and women alike. And yet, as a society, we tend to think of men as being the ones who lash out when they can’t handle anger or stress.
But that’s simply not true. Doctors, conducted a study to assess the physical aggression and controlling behavior exhibited by both sexes. What they found was shocking: women exhibit a stronger desire to control their partners and were even more likely to use physical aggression than men.
Domestic violence committed by women generally involves less physical harm than a man might, but that doesn’t make it less wrong. A woman who’s petite and has little muscle tone can still inflict a lot of physical and psychological damage on her partner. Women may be more inclined to use household items as weapons to leverage the odds in their favor and men, held back by the social and cultural backlash of hitting a woman, are less likely to retaliate.
Men who have children and an abusive partner are in a tricky situation. If they seek help, it might break up the family, a fear that persists despite the fact that the violence itself is already causing the family dynamic to crumble. Fathers also have to be concerned that the police, judge, and jury in a domestic violence case will side with the mother, especially if she is lying about how the events unfolded. Many women will simply claim that they were acting in self defense and that the male actually hit them first, in order to get custody of the children. Without hardcore evidence such as pictures, audio, or video, fathers may find their children in the hands of their abusive partner permanently.
Although the criminal justice system strongly asserts that you are innocent until proven guilty, people who are facing such serious charges recognize how easily your freedom can be taken away. You may be removed from your home, fired from your job, restricted from seeing your children, ordered to pay temporary spousal support or child support or scorned by family and friends – even before you have had the opportunity to prove your innocence. Our lawyers counteract this injustice by moving promptly to prepare your defense and obtain your freedom.
We challenge every piece of evidence being used against you. We review any false accusations to challenge the credibility of the alleged victim. Our goal is to eliminate or reduce all domestic violence charges. We work hard to avoid the potentially damaging effect these charges can have on our clients’ records and the harsh penalties that can result from a conviction.
We work hard to find a creative solution to the penalties you face if convicted. At Haley Law Firm, LLC, we always fight for alternatives to jail, including counseling programs, anger management classes, rehabilitation and community service.