Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges In Utah
No matter how it started, dealing with a domestic violence charge in Utah is a frightening experience. Often, it begins with a situation where emotions are already high, and the stories of what happened can quickly get blown out of proportion.
Unfortunately, it is often not up to the victim to press charges. Police and prosecutors will press domestic assault charges regardless of what the victim wants. It can be tempting to go into court alone and accept a plea bargain. A plea bargain can result in harsh and unexpected consequences, including:
- Loss of hunting privileges
- Large fines
- Drug and alcohol prohibitions
- Unnecessary counseling sessions
- Loss of your right to own or possess a firearm
The prosecution starts working on the case against you right away. It is critical to have an advocate who knows your situation and your interests. Talking to a skilled lawyer about the charges against you will help you understand your options and how to move forward.
Who Can Be A Victim?
Typically, when people think of domestic violence, they think of conflicts between people who are dating or married. Utah has a much broader definition of who is considered a “cohabitant” and, therefore, a potential victim of domestic violence. I can help you with claims involving any alleged cohabitant, including:
- Current or former spouses
- Relatives by blood or marriage
- A biological parent of your child
- Current or former roommates
Sometimes a domestic violence charge will come with a protective order (or restraining order) that states you must stay away from the victim for a certain period. I can help you understand what that request means and how to handle it depending on your situation.
Start Protecting Your Rights
It is important to talk to a domestic violence defense attorney right away to determine the best defense for the charges against you. To schedule a free consultation, contact me online or call my Midvale office at 801-871-8353 or toll free at 800-640-3207. I accept credit cards.